The residents at Bupa Queensmount Care Home were treated to an afternoon of conversation, laughter and presents thanks to students at the National Citizen Service, which helps young people gain important life skills.
Around 12 youngsters from the youth group presented wrapped gift boxes – tailor made for the residents, which included scarfs, bow ties, puzzle books and toiletries, after spending a week fundraising by selling cakes.
The young people had the opportunity to talk with several residents who exchanged interesting stories about their lives, whilst sharing life advice and personal experiences.
Queensmount Activities Co-ordinator Erika Assi said: “It was such a lovely morning, the residents enjoyed chatting with the students and we had even discussed for them to visit again next summer doing volunteering work with our residents, such as helping with the garden or doing arts and crafts.
“We actively encourage residents to forge friendships with the local community and we have seen first-hand the benefits this brings. The residents look forward to spending time with the young people and I know they would like to repay their kind gesture.”
Queensmount resident Mrs Bence, said: “It feels like Christmas came early to Queensmount. I was so touched to see the kids take an active interest in hearing our stories and it was a pleasure to have their company.”