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Care Home Residents Join College Students For A ‘Big Day Out’

JoinTwenty residents from four care homes in West Sussex enjoyed a ‘day out’, courtesy of a group of Petworth students, before treating them to tales of their past experience.

This is the third year that residents at Shaw healthcare care homes have been invited out with Seaford College students as part of their community action project, now lovingly known as ‘The Big Day Out’.

Former police officer, Peter Parker, a resident at Hillside Lodge in Pulborough, asked whether student pranks were still part of life at the college. He recounted a story of how, on one snowy evening, his patrol car was called to Seaford College to help free a vehicle that had got stuck in a ditch. He and his colleagues spent over two hours looking for the car but failed to find it and instead ended up in a snowball fight in the fields near the college.

Another resident, Kenneth Chandler, talked about how he had been a member of the planning team tasked with overseeing the new ‘Milton Keynes project’, including the infamous concrete cows. He also shared memories of building ‘Mushroom Houses’ in Buckingham Palace – the students enjoyed listening to all the stories.

Residents from Elizabeth House in Bognor Regis, Rotherlea in Petworth, Croft Meadow in Steyning and Hillside Lodge in Pulborough had eagerly anticipated their outing at various eateries. Tutors and students, who are regular visitors to the homes, spent an hour chatting with residents before taking them out to lunch.

Residents from Elizabeth House enjoyed lunch at Macaris restaurant on Bognor seafront; Rotherlea residents went to Petworth House; Hillside Lodge residents enjoyed lunch at the local Wyevale Garden Centre; while The Sussex Produce Shop welcomed a group from Croft Meadow care home.

Operations manager, Clare Gibson, commented: “On behalf of Shaw and the residents who were involved, I would like to thank the students and tutors at Seaford College who have, yet again, organised a wonderful day. We believe it is important for our residents to feel part of the community and they always look forward to seeing the college students and sharing stories with them. We’ve built a great relationship with the college over the past few years and are confident that it will go from strength to strength in the future”.

Shaw healthcare provides a spectrum of services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.

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