College students host celebration lunch for care home residents

A group of more than 70 elderly residents from five different care homes across West Sussex travelled to a local further education college to enjoy a three-course lunch as part of a successful community programme.

Students from Seaford College, in Lavington Park, have been regular visitors to several care homes in the area as part of an ongoing partnership with their operator, Shaw healthcare. During the visits, students participate in various activities with the residents, including reading, listening to residents’ stories, cookery, memories and playing board games. The five care homes involved in the event were Rotherlea in Petworth; Hillside Lodge in Pulborough; Elizabeth House in Bognor Regis; Forest View in Burgess Hill and Mill River Lodge in Horsham.

The lunch was served by students from the college in the beautiful surroundings of the college’s Mansion House, after which several students put on poetry recitals, while others provided musical entertainment for their guests, before co-ordinating a group sing-a-long.

Kim Harris, operations manager for Shaw healthcare, commented:

“We always encourage intergenerational activities within and outside of our care homes as we know how beneficial it can be for the wellbeing of our residents.  Everyone was really looking forward to today’s trip and I can safely say that none of them went home disappointed. I would like to thank the staff and students from Seaford College for all the hard work that went in to making today’s event a success – they’ve made a lot of our residents very happy.”

One family member, Kate Taylor, who’s mother Connie Brown is a resident at Mill River Lodge in Horsham added; “What a wonderful party for the residents, such a lovely atmosphere and the food was delicious. They clearly loved seeing the surroundings and spending time with the students who were a real credit to the college.”

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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