Students’ support for older people

COURSE COMPLETION: Ramsey Grammar School sixth formers pictured with their court certificates

COURSE COMPLETION: Ramsey Grammar School sixth formers pictured with their court certificates

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STUDENTS from Ramsey Grammar School have completed a training course that will enable them to work with older people in the community.

The course was delivered by the Northern Live at Home Scheme, a volunteer-based organisation offering support and friendship to older people in the communities, especially those who are isolated or unable to get out and about as they used to. It operates six schemes throughout the island, serving more than 300 older people.

Manager Jo Dixon gained the support of head of sixth form at Ramsey Grammar, Susanna Starkey, and together they recruited 23 student volunteers for the course.

Topics covered included police vetting procedures, data protection, confidentiality, health and safety, risk assessment, boundaries, body language and vulnerable adult training with Karen Winter, senior social worker from the Department of Social Care.

Over the next couple of weeks, pairs of students will be introduced to registered Live At Home members who they will visit on a weekly basis for around an hour.

Jo Dixon said: ‘The aim is for both generations to get to know each other and gain insight into each other’s lives.’

She added: ‘For the students, the aim is to improve their communication skills.

‘For our members, it is to share their life experiences, ultimately, for a lasting friendship to develop.’

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