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Friday 22 March 2019

Reaching out to the wider community

Kathleen Martin, Cassie Fanning, Denise O’Brien, Lesley Jones, Julie Barden, Suzanne Smith, Betty Neville, Jenny Holloway and Joan Reville with students Rachel Kavanagh, Ciara Murphy, Hope O’Brien and Sharon Roche.
Kathleen Martin, Cassie Fanning, Denise O’Brien, Lesley Jones, Julie Barden, Suzanne Smith, Betty Neville, Jenny Holloway and Joan Reville with students Rachel Kavanagh, Ciara Murphy, Hope O’Brien and Sharon Roche.

Anna Hayes

Students from Bridgetown Vocational College got the chance to spread some festive cheer to the clients and residents of Grantstown Community Village when they paid a recent visit.

The village provides a centre of activity for people who want to enjoy a wonderful quality of life in the heart of the community. They support people who are elderly, disabled or anyone who wants to come and meet other people and get involved in the many services that they have on offer there. They do this through both their day care services and sheltered housing.

The students had a wide variety of activities lined up for the Grantstown clients and even brought some home-baked goodies with them. The intergenerational event gave students the opportunity to talk to clients about their home and school lives, as well as letting clients reminisce about their own childhoods. In between the chats, there were plenty of activities including exercises, music, pongo, and even a good old sing-song.

Manager of the centre, Lesley Jones said: 'We love hosting days like this; it is a great way to break down generational barriers. Students can learn so much from our clients and, equally, our clients can learn from the students. It's always a great day of fun, activities and interaction, and one of the many ways we try to enhance the lives of those in our community. We are extremely grateful to the students in Bridgetown.'

Grantstown Community Village is a registered charity that, for some, is a real lifeline and for others, it's a place to meet friends. Donations are always welcome and anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to drop in for tea and a chat.

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