Students have swapped the classroom to learn about compassion and engaging with older people thanks to a partnership we have with Concord College.
A dozen teenagers from Concord College in Acton Burnell are enjoying work experience with a difference at four of our nursing homes. During their weekly visits they will spend an afternoon getting to know residents by joining in with activities such as arts and crafts, music and cookery sessions.
Sue Austin, Chief Operating Officer, said: “The students are all hoping to pursue careers in the medical care sector. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about care in a practical way and demonstrate their empathy. Our residents benefit too as they enjoy the interaction and energy from young people.
“Our regular social activities are a great way of engaging residents, getting them involved and bringing back happy memories.”
The students from Concord, an independent international school, are assigned to one of four nursing homes – Isle Court and Radbrook in Shrewsbury, Oldbury Grange, Bridgnorth, and Stretton Hall, All Stretton. They will be given guidance by home staff and accompanied throughout the visits.
We have developed links in the community with schools to encourage visits like this. This is the first time we have provided work experience in this sustained way.