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Volunteer visits showcase theme of Care Home Open Week

Young volunteers chat with nursing home residents in the sun

As Care Home Open Week celebrates the warmth, care and vibrant communities that exist in our care homes, we take a look at our wonderful resident community at St Cuthbert’s Care nursing home in Newcastle.

With the summer sunshine and warmer temperatures tempting our residents into our gardens, they have been relaxing together with our Wellbeing Co-ordinator and enjoying a chat with some of our visiting local volunteers.

Shizey and Arta, students from nearby Dame Allen’s school, have volunteered at St Catherine’s since September last year and have just spent another enjoyable visit with our residents.

With their ready smiles and easy conversation, the girls are perfect examples of how links with our local community are enriching the lives of our residents while they, themselves, experience many positive benefits in return.

“I absolutely love coming to St Catherine’s,” said Arta, “it’s really fun and so interesting talking to the residents. It’s like a fascinating history lesson when we talk to them about their lives and compare how we live now to the way they lived then. We’ve learned lots of people skills, too – learning to feel comfortable with people from different walks of life and a different generation.”

And there is no shortage of appreciation for the time Shizey and Arta give to our residents.

“As a former teacher, I’m impressed by how dedicated they are to their studies,” said resident, George. “I really enjoy hearing about their ambitions for the future and look forward to their visits immensely.”

Young volunteers chat with nursing home residents in the sun
Older man chats with young volunteer