Young citizens bring games and treats to Witney care home

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Residents at Cedar Court care home in Witney have enjoyed an afternoon of tea, cake and games thanks to local young people.

A group of twelve young people from the local area visited Cedar Court as part of their work under the National Citizen Service (NCS) award.

On Monday 13th August , the group visited the home, which provides residential services for older people, many of whom live with dementia.  They brought homemade cakes to share with the residents and played traditional board games such as drafts and scrabble.  They also spent time talking about memories and previous lives by using some of the homes reminiscence packs.

NCS is a voluntary personal and social development programme for your people aged 15-17 and the visit was part of the group’s summer activities.  The programme was originally founded by former Prime Minister David Cameron who has also visited Cedar Court during his time as Witney MP.

Group Leader Wyn Humphrey said, “As part of their social action week on NCS the young people wanted to bring the Witney community closer together through getting to know people in the community they otherwise would not have had the chance to meet. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learnt important social skills and an appreciation for different viewpoints and about considering others.”

Cedar Court Manager Phil Chapman, “We were really pleased to welcome the NCS group to the home this month.  It was wonderful seeing the young people and our residents spending time with each other, chatting away and playing games.

“It’s really important for us to ensure our residents feel part of the local community, and visits like this bring new, interesting people into the home for them to meet. We hope that we’ll see a new group of students next year.”

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