Local young volunteers treat elderly neighbours to a day of fun and pampering

Inspire Me - Gloucestershire College

A group of young people with a learning disability from Gloucestershire College held a fun day out last Friday for their older neighbours from the local social club, as part of learning disability charities Mencap and ENABLE Scotland’s Inspire Me programme. The day took place in the Renaissance restaurant at Gloucestershire College, Princess Elizabeth Way in Cheltenham.

The group of young volunteers cooked lunch, provided entertainment and hosted a beauty bar for the older people to enjoy being pampered for the day. The project created a great connection between the two generations.

Liam Hetherington-Phelps, who is a student at the College, said:

“It’s really nice to give something back to the community.”

Inspire Me - actionGwenda Kilminster, who was an older guest on the day, said:

“We’ve all really enjoyed our day – it was great to see everyone integrating together. They have all been really friendly and helpful.”

The day was appreciated by the guests and they expressed their desire to come back again. Shirley Barrett, the leader of the POPs social group, thanked the students of GloucestershireCollege for a “wonderful afternoon and a superb buffet.”

Inspire Me is run by learning disability charities Mencap and ENABLE Scotland to support young people with a learning disability to improve their local communities, learn new life skills, and gain experience which will help them to get employment in the future.

Alice Hibberd, the Regional youth coordinator for the Inspire Me project in the South West, explained:

“The project was a great opportunity for the young people from GloucestershireCollege to show what amazing things they can achieve within their community. All fifteen of the students involved were great to work with- they have all learnt new skills and gained confidence. They should be really proud of what they have achieved.”

Young people with learning disabilities are twice as likely not to be engaged in education, employment or training as young people without a learning disability. The Inspire Me project provides activities and training that give young people with a learning disability the chance to learn new skills and to build their confidence.

If you would like to find out more about Inspire Me, or know a young person with a learning disability who would benefit from the project, please contact Alice Hibberd, Youth Coordinator for the South West, on 07943 522 397 or alice.hibberd@mencap.org.uk

About Mencap

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.


For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email help@mencap.org.uk

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