Care Home Community Christmas Parties

Partner: Tupwood Gate, Longmead & Buxton Lodge Nursing Homes
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Volunteering

Woldingham School's annual visits to local residential homes gives its youngest pupils the opportunity to engage in volunteer work locally.  This compliments the work done by older pupils throughout the year at these homes.  Using the medium of music and song is an uplifting and nostalgic experience for the residents, and the interaction between the girls, the residents and their visitors is mutually beneficial.  Food and beverages are provided by the school and distributed by the girls giving a party atmosphere.

Aims of the project

Volunteering to support the nursing homes at their Christmas parties fosters a good working relationship between the homes and the school and provides some Christmas cheer to residents who may be unable to go out. 

Background and goals

The project was introduced by the School's Chaplain in 2014 and assists the students to live out the Sacred Heart goals of community and social awareness.  Initially the party was held at the school but it is now deemed more suitable for the parties to be held at the homes themselves.


Students are taken to the nursing homes in the school's minibus and the food served to residents by the girls is prepared by the school's catering staff.


These visits benefit the students by providing them with an opportunity to engage and work closely with the elderly residents.  The residents appreciate the students giving their time to entertain them, to play games, to read to them and to talk about local and national events.

Pupil involvement

The students are in the Sixth Form (16-18 years of age) and younger students (11+) from the choir attend to sign Christmas carols.

Frequency and duration

These events are annual and it is anticipated that they will continue.