A group of teenagers have held a tea party at Mortimer House, Bristol, as part of their National Citizen Award. The six girls visited the home – which cares for older people with learning disabilities – and served tea and cakes to delighted residents.
Brenda Stanton, Milestones Trust’s Volunteer Coordinator, says: “The tea party gave our service users the chance to spend time with the young people and the enthusiasm and energy they bring with them. It brought the wider community to them too.”
After the tea and cake everyone headed to the dance floor to enjoy music provided by resident DJ “Steady Heady”. Jenny Bourne, a member of the group, says: “All of the staff were friendly and welcoming, and the residents all seemed very happy, which was lovely to see. Some of the residents were great dancers!”
The group were at the home with a company called Engage4life, as part of a six week summer project for the government-sponsored National Citizen Scheme (NCS). The pilot involves 15-17 year olds working towards an award through becoming engaged with their local communities and making a worthwhile contribution to them. The NCS will run for two years across England, after which it is hoped it will become a popular rite of passage for this age group.
Milestones Trust is a Top 300 registered charity which runs a wide range of health and social care services to support people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health needs. Our work includes specialist residential and nursing care, supported living and dementia care, providing services to around 1,000 people in South West England. Find out more at www.milestonestrust.org.uk