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Christmas Hampers

Students from Orchard Hill college provided hampers and a party for older people in sheltered accommodation


Orchard Hill College is an educational centre for young people with moderate to profound learning disabilities. The young people share a site with a Peabody sheltered accommodation unit and wanted to do something for the older residents for Christmas, after a class discussion around loneliness for people without close family.

Three students met with the knitting committee for older residents to discuss what they would enjoy for a Christmas celebration, including pitching the idea of a party with Christmas hampers. This was approved by the residents and the young people organised a party with carol singing, a professional singer as a volunteer and dancing, as well as Christmas hampers for 40 residents. One young person who normally needs one to one support was able to join in with the party and sing with the professional entertainer. Another young person with multiple needs was invited to run a stall selling her crafts and jewellery on the day.

Next steps

The young people will be meeting with the knitting committee in the new year to look at other ways that they can work together and support more isolated residents.















people enjoyed a Xmas party

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