Eager high school pupils from Glasgow recently teamed up with residents at a local care home to deliver an exciting and artistic community project.
The creative initiative saw five sixth year pupils from St. Mungo’s Academy and Whitehill and St. Andrew’s RC secondary schools spend a weekend at Bupa’s Eastbank care home to engage with and design memory books for the residents.
Each resident was then presented with their own, individual memory book, filled with photographs and details of significant past experiences that they had shared, at a special ceremony hosted at the care home by Eastbank staff.
By successfully completing the community project, as well as providing the residents with a heart-warming and meaningful gift, the pupils have achieved the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award. The award programme is run by the Outward Bound Trust and supports young people to develop their confidence and gain the skills and attributes needed in transitioning to further education, training and employment.
She said: “The pupils were admittedly a little nervous at first, as they weren’t sure how easily they would get along with the residents, but they hit it off straight away and really enjoyed spending time in their company.
“They appreciated getting to know what the residents did in their youth and were often surprised by how different things were from how they are today. What was most beneficial for both groups, however, was realising how much they have in common. It was great to watch them all getting along so well.
“This was a highly innovative and creative community project which the pupils developed entirely on their own, so it was great to see such positive results and they have definitely gained a variety of skills that can be used in later life, not to mention hugely built up their confidence.”
Elizabeth Monaghan, Activity Coordinator at Bupa’s Eastbank care home, said: “We try to encourage our residents to get involved in the local community as much as possible, and this project was just perfect for this.
“Spending time with the pupils gave the residents such a boost as they love interacting with them and hearing about what life is like for teenagers growing up these days.
“The memory books that they put together are beautiful and such a lovely idea. I know the residents will treasure them and have already given them pride of place in their bedrooms.”