‘Those were the days’ for caring pupils

Students from Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington were treated to a celebration by the town’s Springhill Care Home to thank them for their work.

The care home has worked closely with the school as part of a volunteer programme, encouraging youngsters to learn more about care for older people.

A group of 12 pupils took part in the scheme, and to mark the the pupil’s last visit, staff and residents at the home laid on a celebration with entertainment and food.

Lynn Maguire, lifestyle co-ordinator at Springhill, reveals that the visits have been beneficial for the pupils, staff and residents.

She said: “It has been a positive journey for us all. We’ve been able to learn from each other, for instance the residents have taught the pupils how much items cost in the 1940s, or what school was like and how old they were when they left.

“Residents have taught some of the pupils to knit, and in return the children showed off their mobile phones which made a huge impression.

“I would like to thank Mount Carmel and the team who have been involved for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

The volunteer programme was established in the school which is in the process of setting up a Youth St Vincent de Paul (YSVP) group, part of the international Catholic charity organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage.

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