Year 14 Health & Social Care pupils participated in an event to help celebrate Positive Ageing Day, part of a month of celebrations and events in October – Positive Ageing month.
Positive Ageing Month, is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people. It celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities and events are being ran across council areas. This is being organised by Volunteer Now, Southern Age Well Network, Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Newry & Mourne District council & Newry U3A.
Year 14 pupils each received an afternoon tea box to deliver to an older adult – pupils were encouraged to have a short chat with the individual during their visit to help build connections and reduce social isolation. A gift bag with some information on local services was also provided. Pupils were keen to participate and enjoyed the experience of giving.
Pupils also joined a virtual ‘Mad Hatters’ tea party event on Wednesday 5th October with associated event organisers, 8 other local schools and any older adults who were able to join the event. Pupils joined this interactive event to help celebrate positive ageing month and recognise the contribution that this service user group has to wider society. The online event consisted of live music, a mental health workshop, a local services information session, a best hat competition and a brief age appropriate exercise class. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed participating and applying this event to their course content on elderly service users. Many thanks to all event organisers.