Youngsters from South Yorkshire have spread festive spirit through a special Christmas concert for residents at Newton Grange retirement living scheme.
Supported by Sanctuary Housing, Stocksbridge High School students treated the residents to a seasonal show including drama and dance performances, a poetry reading and a Christmas sing-a-long.
The students are part of Made in Sheffield’s Cultural Ambassadors programme, a project supporting young people to develop skills, character and knowledge for future employment.
Funding award for Firth Park Academy
Funding of £700 from Sanctuary will see Cultural Ambassadors from Firth Park Academy in Shiregreen also work with older residents. A series of placements starting next year at Sanctuary’s Park View Residential Care Home will give the young volunteers an opportunity to get to know the residents, and organise activities for them to take part in.
One of the Cultural Ambassadors who took part in the concert at Newton Grange, Faye Ward, said: “It was an honour to perform for the residents, and it gave me a valuable opportunity to interact with people of different ages. Everyone felt really Christmassy!”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships officer, Sophie Kirk, added: “Both the residents and volunteers had a great time. This project has really allowed us to support the young people to develop skills in order to enter into, and sustain, employment.”
The Firth Park Academy Cultural Ambassadors programme is part-funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.