Young peo­ple in Suf­folk have stepped up to help im­prove the lives of the el­derly, as Stephen Pullinger of Kings­ley Health­care re­ports.

Let's Talk - - CONTENT - Kings­ley Health­care Group Tel: 0808 2818916 kings­ley­health­

Young­sters lend­ing a help­ing hand

The prospect of lazy sum­mer days might seem great to be­gin with but teenagers can quickly be­come bored dur­ing the long school hol­i­days.

How­ever, one group of young­sters from Low­est­oft and Bec­cles found the per­fect way to keep busy and make new friends while im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for el­derly peo­ple in their com­mu­nity.

The 15 and 16-year-olds were work­ing on a two-week project to cre­ate a mem­ory gar­den at Kirkley Manor Nurs­ing Home, in Kirkley Park Road, Low­est­oft.

Af­ter rais­ing more than £240 by run­ning a tombola in the town cen­tre and set­ting up an on­line Just Giv­ing page, they de­signed their gar­den and set to work build­ing it.

The project was the cul­mi­na­tion of a four-week Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the char­ity In­spire Suf­folk, which aims to mo­ti­vate young peo­ple to­wards a more pos­i­tive fu­ture.

In­spire project leader Jade An­der­son says: “The young peo­ple were re­cruited for the scheme by us vis­it­ing schools and lo­cal youth clubs. Our ethos is to cre­ate a var­ied so­cial mix with a lot of dif­fer­ent back­grounds.”

Fol­low­ing two weeks of team-build­ing, dur­ing which time the teenagers were given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as ca­noe­ing and ab­seil­ing and to learn em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills, they were based at Colville House, in School Road, Low­est­oft, for their project.

Miss An­der­son says: “Roy Fern, a for­mer Ip­swich mayor and a de­men­tia cham­pion, gave us a talk about de­men­tia and be­com­ing a de­men­tia cham­pion and it touched many of the young peo­ple quite per­son­ally. Af­ter speak­ing about the is­sues, the group de­cided they wanted to cre­ate a safe area that peo­ple with de­men­tia could en­joy and they chose Kirkley Manor to do it.”

The gar­den has sen­sory el­e­ments such as wind chimes and plants with rustling leaves and a theme of ‘Inside Out’, bring­ing in­door ob­jects - such as a book­case - out­side to cre­ate a homely ef­fect.

One of the young­sters, Han­nah Men­sah, 16, who lives in nearby Lon­don Road South, says: “It is a nice thing to do for my lo­cal com­mu­nity be­fore I go off to East Nor­folk Sixth Form Col­lege.”

Dani Gas­ton, man­ager of the Kings­ley Health­care run home, adds: “It is a won­der­ful project and has cre­ated some­thing our res­i­dents will re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate.”

It was a busy sum­mer for the young peo­ple.

Some of the group who took part in the ex­cel­lent project.

Work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a wel­com­ing place for ev­ery­one.

Han­nah Men­sah in the gar­den..

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.