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Tis the season to be jolly: BDC students bring entertainment to care home
BDC students at Parkview Care Home with manager Penny Hammond and one of the residents.

Tis the season to be jolly: BDC students bring entertainment to care home

17 December 2014

Students from Barking & Dagenham College visited Parkview Care Home in Dagenham to put on a festive concert for residents

The students, who are all studying health and social care at the College, organised the event which included a performance of Christmas songs.  The students had also made mince pies, cakes, and Christmas cards, which they gave out to the residents and staff.

Hasna Begum, 19, from Dagenham expressed the sentiment of all the students, saying: “I hope we get to do the concert again next year!” While fellow student, Eboni Lehane, 17, also from Dagenham said: “It was an emotional day but very rewarding.  It made me understand how serious dementia is and how it affects young and elderly people.” Penny Gosling, 16, also from Dagenham added: “It was nice to see the residents smiling and happy.”

Whilst the event was enjoyed by the residents it was also a chance for the students to gain experience of working in the community as part of their course. This is especially important for those students wanting to get into the industry, giving them a chance to see what managing a care home involves. 

Rosanna Smith, health and social care lecturer at Barking & Dagenham College said: “All the students worked really hard to make sure they were able to put on the best concert possible.  They have really impressed us with their commitment to make this a really successful event and we’re very proud of them.” 

Penny Hammond, general manager, from Parkview Care Home added: “The visit by Barking & Dagenham College students has become an annual event and one which we all very much look forward to.  The students really engaged with our residents and it was lovely to see our residents enjoy listening to the Christmas songs and really delight in the visit.  It was another great success by the students and a great way to get us all in the festive spirit.”

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