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Students encourage people to Wear Purple

January 14, 2015

Health and Social Care students from West Cheshire College joined forces with the charity Age UK for their Wear Purple Arts project to encourage people over the age of 50 to get creative.

 

The project, supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, was developed to give older people and care home residents with dementia, the chance to develop their creative abilities by working with professional artists.

Seven College students worked closely with the project’s lead artist and the Wear Purple Co-ordinator to help deliver creative sessions for care home residents. They also contributed to the development of a ‘how to’ tool-kit for people working in care and residential homes which will enable residents to continue to be creative.

Steph Garret, Head of School for Health and Wellbeing at West Cheshire College, said: “The students have really enjoyed working on this project.

“They have been dealing with older residents and people with dementia on a one-to-one basis which has been great experience for them.”

“Working on projects like this provides students with the right skills, confidence, experience and knowledge to be job ready when they enter employment after their studies.”

Simone Cobbold, Wear Purple Arts co-ordinator, said: “The students have been a real asset to the project. The feedback from the residents, residents’ families and activity coordinators has been really positive. This project has the added dimension of bringing two generations from the same community together to learn about each other and to pass on and teach new skills.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for all their hard work and commitment to this project. I believe it has really benefitted the residents by raising their self-esteem, confidence and motivation.”

For more information about studying at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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