Penrice and Age UK

This term, a selection of Year 10 and Year 11 students have been visiting Age UK’s St Austell Day Centre, based at St Johns church, once a fortnight to spend time with the community.

The visits form both part of Thursday’s Penrice Plus initiative and go towards the Volunteering section of the girls’ Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Megan from Year 10 said it’s been hugely rewarding: “This has been such a great experience. For the volunteering section you can do all kinds of things – work with animal shelters, help tidy areas of town… but we’ve all really felt like spending time with elderly people means you can see the difference you make right in front of you.”17112016KR - Penrice and Age Concern (6)

The students have been spending a few hours on Thursdays every other week playing games, painting plant pots and making Christmas decorations and cards. The craft activities were funded by cake sales and donations from the Penrice Community this term.

Georgia Year 11 said it’s a fantastic cause to support: “Age UK St Austell offer a pick up and drop off service, lunches, a befriending service and many other opportunities to help older people enjoy later life and make it easier for them in any way they can.”

“Our aim is to help the people who run this day centre to make their space a nicer place to go to. We would like to thank everyone who donated money or bought cakes from us!”

The students are continuing to raise funds through more Thursday Cake Sales to purchase materials for Christmas table decorations that the group can make. They are also meeting Minister John Keats in December to discuss painting part of the Church Hall.

Students: Arlene Ashley, Stephi Crowle, Ella Gregory, Megan Payne, Talai Blight, Keely Sleep, Paige Jenkin, Katie Truman, Cassie Fairless Smith, Nicole Rowse, Georgia Workman, Ellie Mitchell, Jess Lawson, Katie Hill

Read more about Age UK here.