Winchester care home supported by NCS volunteers

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National Citizen ServiceOn 19th and 20th July, a group of young people from Hampshire volunteered their time at St Cross Grange care home in Winchester as part of their National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 15-17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland. As part of the four week NCS programme, these young people from Hampshire spent their time engaged in a range of activities which included planning and delivering a project for a chosen charity. St Cross Grange was selected for the project from numerous charities in Hampshire that submitted a proposal to NCS.

The project was to make one of the roof terraces more appealing and welcoming for both residents and visitors. After planning the project, the young people put their creative skills to good use by painting garden furniture as well as planting new flowers. Not only did the young people volunteer their time over these two very hot days, but they also raised all the funds necessary to buy the painting materials and an abundance of plants to complete the project.

The visit was hugely beneficial from an educational perspective as well. The NCS volunteers benefited from meeting the residents and gaining an understanding of how dementia affects people in their later life. Residents on the other hand enjoyed interacting with the young people and watching them work.

Susan Munro, Home Manager at St Cross Grange said: “We are delighted that these young people have given up their time to do something valuable for our care home. We hope they found it as rewarding as we have. A big thank you to everyone who took part in this project and to the National Citizen Service for choosing St Cross Grange.”

To finish their week of fund raising and activities, the team, led by Katy Rowledge (pictured in pink) and Ellie Sandison, organised an old fashioned fete which was held on Friday 22nd at Henry Beaufort School. Additional funds raised will be put towards a mini-bus for the residents of St Cross Grange.

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