Teenagers show art of keeping old folks busy

5:30pm Monday 9th December 2013

By Chris Plant

COMMUNITY-spirited teenagers helped residents at a care home to get creative by painting plant pots.

Volunteers aged between 15 and 17 from Engage4Life, a group which works to bring communities together through social action projects, visited the Regent Residential Care Home, in St John’s, Friday, November 29.

An arts and crafts session was arranged for the young people to help residents brighten up their new greenhouse in time for spring.

Bridie Gray, activities leader at Regent Residential Care Home, said: “Our residents have absolutely loved having the volunteers here with us, taking part in activities and sharing their youthful enthusiasm.

“They love to see fresh faces and many of them are very passionate about gardening, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to create some colourful plant pots for their greenhouse.”

This project is just one of a number of activities the group of volunteers, called W5, for Worcester 5, have shared with residents during the month, including a vintage-themed tea party and reminiscence sessions.

Chloe Brown, activity tutor at Engage4life, said teenagers taking part put their hearts into the project.

“W5 is a fantastic group and they have been so enthusiastic about the project,” she said.

“They’ve all put a lot of hard work into organising this and have been very thoughtful. We couldn’t have asked for a better group.”

Engage4Life is part of the National Citizen Service, a Government-funded scheme that helps young people to build skills by organising action projects which benefit their local communities.

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