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Companions for elderly residents

Pupils volunteer to act as companions to elderly residents, talking to them, playing games and helping with meals.

Aims

To improve mental alertness of residents. To reduce loneliness.

Background

Identified by Head of Outreach. Programme has been in place for 6 years.

Resources

Sixth form volunteers.

Impact

Improvement in mental alertness of residents. Reduction in loneliness.

Pupil Involvement

Sixth form volunteers ages 16-18.

Frequency

Weekly during term time; Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.