Care home forms innovative partnership with college

Students Karleigh Sterritt and Fiona McIlroy with resident  Kevin Loughlin
Students Karleigh Sterritt and Fiona McIlroy with resident Kevin Loughlin

Amore Care’s Bannview House in Banbridge has formed an innovative partnership with a nearby college by becoming part of its students’ Enrichment Programme.


New-Bridge Integrated College, in Loughbrickland, offers its Sixth Form students an extensive Enrichment Programme, where they can choose from a range of activities that are designed to develop their personal qualities, interests and talents.


Bannview House Care Home has been selected  to contribute to the personal development initiative with the care home providing work experience and volunteering opportunities.


The college’s Enrichment scheme includes learning sign language, cookery classes, a raising aspirations programme, Zumba and dance sessions, and leisure activities to help enhance participants’ fitness and wellbeing.


Stephen Clarke, Head of the College’s Sixth Form, said: “New-Bridge Integrated College prides itself on nurturing its students, both academically and vocationally, to enable them to reach their full potential as well as equipping them with the life skills necessary for whatever direction they choose to take after leaving us.


“Our partnership with Bannview House Care Home will add an extra dimension to our Enrichment programme by providing an insight into the world of work, allowing students to engage with older people and teaching them important life skills.”


John Rafferty, Manager of Bannview Care Home, said:  “Forging relationships with organisations in the community contributes to the quality of life residents enjoy at Bannview.  It will bridge the generation gap by allowing the students to mix with older people.


“We are delighted to be selected to contribute to the college’s Enrichment programme. We are looking forward to helping and supporting students become more aware of career possibilities and life outside of college.”


The work placements will contribute to the students compiling a university personal statement, help them acquire knowledge of care values and skills required for working with older people, prepare them for job or university application interviews and enhance their personal development.


During their time at Bannview, students will help arrange parties and events, build a portfolio of training experience, learn about caring, work with visually impaired people, and assist with the entertainment including playing music or singing. Mr Rafferty will involve the students in the educational support systems available to the Care Home staff and this will be add to their learning portfolios.


Bannview already had established a relationship with the college, which has previously included art students producing a short film based on a conversation they had with a resident and painting festive scenes on windows at the home at Christmas.


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