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Tis the season to be jolly: students bring entertainment to care home
BDC students performing Christmas songs at Parkview Residential Care Home

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

12 December 2013

Students from Barking & Dagenham College visited Parkview Care Home in Dagenham recently 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, chocolate log cakes, hampers and Christmas cards, which they gave out to the residents and staff.

Student, Jason Cossington, aged 19, from Dagenham said:

"It was great to be able to meet with and put on a show for the residents. It's a really nice event to be involved with, especially at this time of year."

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.

Rosanna Smith, health and social care lecturer at Barking & Dagenham College said:

“This is a great opportunity for the students to get real experience of how it would be if they worked in this profession and the different career routes open to them. Importantly though it’s great to see that these students want to give back to their local community and put on events like this. They all enjoyed visiting Parkview and are looking forward to returning next year.”

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Penny Hammond, general manager, from Parkview Care Home added:

“This is the second time the students have come to Park View to entertain the residents and it was a huge success. The residents really enjoyed the visit and it was a real pleasure to see the smiles on their faces. The Christmas songs were sung beautifully and it was a great way to celebrate the festive season.”

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