A group of local 16 and 17 year olds have been thanked by a Camden care home for supporting residents with dementia as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The teenagers visited Wellesley Road Care Home over three days, where they took time to design arts and crafts, play games and read to the residents, with the support of the home’s activity coordinators Rupert Alexander and Ve Homer.

The 13-strong group also painted a mural of a bus stop on the wall of the living room. Familiar surroundings – such as bus stops, pubs and other common locations – can provide comfort for people with dementia and help them trigger memories.

NCS helps 16 and 17 year olds build skills for work, develop greater confidence and have a sense of responsibility for their local community.

Kim Harris, operations manager at the Shaw Healthcare-operated care home, said: “It was a pleasure welcoming the group of teenagers to Wellesley Road and let them develop their own skills. Their efforts made the days of many of our residents and allowed them to engage in various creative activities.

“The mural will act as a reminder of the impact the group had on our residents and Rupert, Ve and I thank each one of them for taking time to support us.”

Micaela Linnane, from the NCS Challenge programme, added: “I’m delighted that the residents had such an enjoyable time with the group. The feedback from the teenagers was positive and I’m glad they had this opportunity to do this – I look forward to seeing how we can continue helping the home in the future.”


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