9:29am Monday 11th February 2013
PUPILS from Oaklands School in Winsford visited Hazelmere extra care development on Hambleton Way as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
Eleven students from the school have been visiting residents throughout the academic year, offering companionship and completing activities with them – from board games and disability bowling sport, Boccia , to helping out in the canteen.
During weekly get-togethers, young people and residents have shared their life experiences and learned more about each other’s generation.
To show their new found knowledge, the students have created a ‘then and now’ display, including pictures and stories comparing the differences between what life was like for the residents growing up and what it is like for children now.
Anne Wallwin, leader of the Duke of Edinburgh award at Oaklands School, said: “Practical qualifications like the Duke of Edinburgh award offer pupils a real sense of achievement as they can see how their contribution has made a difference. The ongoing partnership with the residents at Hazelmere is no exception – the pupils really enjoying learning about the residents and some strong friendships are being formed.”
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