A BOURNEMOUTH care home is bringing different generations together by inviting mums and their babies through its doors to meet their residents.

Sunrise of Westbourne in Poole Road is now hosting a Babyfit post-natal workout class for mums and their little ones once a month.

The Babyfit workout is run by exercise instructor Debbie Howells, a midwife who has been running the classes across Bournemouth and Poole for a number of years.

The classes have recently relocated and are now being held in the activities room at the care home on the first Wednesday of every month between 1pm and 2pm.

After the class, mums and babies are invited to join the residents for a coffee and a chat and in some cases residents are getting the chance to meet youngsters more than 100 years their junior.

Wendy Blow, senior director of community relations at Sunrise of Westbourne, said: “The residents are really engaged with the babies.

“A lot of our residents desperately wanted to have their own children but couldn’t.

“With some residents who have dementia, they are going back in their own heads to nurturing their own children.”

She added: “They can’t wait for the next class. One of the mums went to change her baby and a resident wanted to help and it got them talking about how they used terry towelling nappies in their day.

“The excitement and wonder on their faces is just so lovely and it makes them feel wonderful all day.”

The care home already welcomes children from local schools to perform for residents and Wendy said the visits from the youngsters are really helping to brighten the residents’ day.

On Saturday, March 24, at 10.30am, the Musical Steps music class for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers will be held at the care home and families are invited to attend.