The Community Care Programme is an extra-curricular activity for Year 13 & 14 pupils which promotes friendships between young people and the elderly. Each week the pupils visit the elderly in local nursing homes – Drumragh Nursing Home, Harold McCauley House and Hillview Lodge Nursing Home.
Pupils benefit from this programme and their visits has heightened their awareness and understanding of how the elderly have contributed to society. They enjoy the experience as it builds and maintains friendships and gives them the opportunity to learn about elderly people’s experiences. Through this programme pupils develop commitment and reliability.
Some of the activities undertaken by the Year 13 & 14 pupils include talking, reading, bingo, board games, playing musical instruments, assisting with activities such as baking, concerts, Christmas parties, etc.
The programme runs from October to April and even when the programme has officially ended some pupils continue to visit the new friends they have made.
The programme is organised by Mrs Braden and she is very grateful to the pupils who take part and to the residents of the Nursing Homes for allowing the pupils to visit them.
Mrs A Braden