A community volunteer project between Canterbury Christ Church University and Connors House Residential Care Home is helping to develop relationships between the old and young.
Twenty-one year old Kathryn Jeffery and 19-year-old Charlotte Ried-Linger, both second year students at Canterbury Christ Church University, have taken on a community project as part of their Occupational Therapy course, to contribute and make a difference to their community.
Interested in reducing loneliness amongst older people, the students, originally from Brighton and Norfolk, got in touch with Age UK to find out what they could do to help. Signposted to Connors House, they joined residents at the Craddock Road residential care home and started a project to create some sensory blankets and pillows.
Kathryn and Charlotte said, “We are adding things like zips, buttons and pom poms to the material at the moment, the pom poms have definitely been a favourite for some of the residents as they are not too fiddly. We are half way through the project now, and we’ve had a lovely time getting to know the residents here and building relationships, which is exactly what the project set out to do.”
Rosie Higham, Activities Coordinator at Connors House added, “I think the project has been really beneficial for both the residents and the students, helping to boost confidence and build relationships. Now the residents can see how the blankets will look when finished and what they will be used for, they are really getting into the project.”