Bourne Valley Colten Care
Sixth Form pupils, usually considering a medical career, spend two hours every Monday afternoon, helping staff in a care home.They organise activities that stimulate the residents, as well as simply talking to them.
During the Covid pandemic, pupils have met with care home residents via Zoom for online bingo!
To support the residents of the home.
To offer potential medical students firsthand experience, and to improve their communication skills (often in difficult circumstances).
Apart from taking the pupils to the home, no Canford staff are involved. Pupils are under the direct management of the home's staff while they are here helping.
Informal feedback from the home indicates that the help offered is useful.
Sixth Form pupils are involved. They are mostly potential medical students.
Two hours every Monday afternoon throughout the academic year.