Care home residents take centre stage for drama workshop

Sydmar Lodge resident, Miriam Blair, with The Challenge volunteers
Sydmar Lodge resident, Miriam Blair, with The Challenge volunteers

There was song, dance, and theatrics at Sydmar Lodge residential home in Edgware, when residents were joined by volunteers from the local community who ran an interactive two-day drama workshop.


A group of 16-17 year olds from The Challenge volunteering programme trouped to Sydmar Lodge as part of a social action volunteering event in the North London community. Over the course of the two workshop sessions the volunteers facilitated a wide range of creative activities for Sydmar Lodge’s residents.


The first session kicked off with a discussion where the group spent time getting to know each other. The volunteers and residents then joined together to pull out all the stops for a song and dance performance, where the residents taught the youngsters some of their favourite tunes from the 1950s and 60s, while the volunteers demonstrated some of their favourite modern dance moves.


The Challenge is run by National Citizen Service, which is a government-backed programme that helps young people to build skills for work, and transition to adulthood. By embarking on voluntary activities, young people develop confidence.


Sydmar Lodge Activities Coordinator, Alison Sitton, commented:


“The day was a great success and we really enjoyed welcoming The Challenge volunteers into Sydmar Lodge.


“Gathering together different members of the community who wouldn’t usually come into contact with each other provided some really special moments, and we look forward to joining up with The Challenge to run more workshops in the future”


Sydmar Lodge, part of Embrace, specialises in providing nursing and residential care for older people.


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