Residents of a York Extra Care Housing have been enjoying the company of Sixth Form Students from All Saints Catholic School.
Olivia Shapley, Natasha Wade and Lauren Rogers have been visiting the Centre as part of their Health and Social Care A level studies. The course is designed to prepare students for a career in the Health and Welfare professions. Students gain experience at local primary schools, the Hob Moor Oaks Special Needs School, while two students befriended elderly York residents through Age UK.
Olivia, Natasha and Lauren currently assist the Warden at Barstow House, near to All Saints, with social gatherings and coffee afternoons on a Wednesday. They organised a hugely successful and entertaining Easter Party for the residents involving board games and indoor golf.
Lauren said, “We are only supposed to be at the house for two hours on a Wednesday afternoon but we enjoyed it so much we stayed for four hours.”
The girls were hesitant at the beginning of the work experience period. As time has gone by however, their enthusiasm has grown. Their enjoyment is such that they intend to carry on visiting the residents after the term has finished.
Resident Betty Whattam, who claims to be a recurring 21 years of age, enthused, ”It is a breath of fresh air when the girls visit. It is lovely to hear about their lives, bringing back so many happy memories of our own youth.”
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