Work experience bridges generation gap

posted 9 May 2016, 02:12 by jgoode@activatelearning.ac.uk

Students from Banbury and Bicester College have been bridging generational divides during a work experience placement.

The health and social care students, from the New Directions route within foundation learning, ran a series of activities during the placement at Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home in Banbury.

Over a series of weeks the students have been leading activities including making cards and decorations, playing cards and board games, leading sing a longs and passing on technology tips.

Wendy Martin, Activities Co-ordinator at Green Pastures, said: “Our residents have loved the company of the students. Residents have looked forward to the Monday afternoon sessions and I have personally enjoyed seeing the interactions between the different generations and watching relationships flourish.

“The involvement of the students has had a positive impact on our residents’ wellbeing.”

The students have been responsible for planning and delivering the activities, which have developed confidence, teamwork and communication skills.

Students are equally enthusiastic about the experience, commenting:

·         “I have found it interesting learning about their past life and learning about their history”

·         “I feel more confident now, I felt nervous to begin with”

·         “I really enjoy going and sharing my time with other people. It helps them stop feeling lonely”

·         “I wake up on a Monday morning and my first thought is great I’m going to Green Pastures today”

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