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Students Host Afternoon Tea for Service Users at Newcastle College

Kind-hearted Level 2 Health & Social Care students held an afternoon tea for service users from local charity organisation Helping Angels today.

Visitors to Newcastle College enjoyed a morning of board games and activities before sitting down to partake in a delicious lunch of cakes, sandwiches and pastries all beautifully arranged by the students and purchased following a range of fundraising events held in recent weeks.

Level 2 Health & Social Care student, Maisey Forrester, said: "Putting on the event has given us the opportunity to gain experience in working with service users and vulnerable adults. It's been a really lovely day so far and everyone seems to be having a nice time."

Fellow Level 2 student, Josh Knott, who also helped organise the event, added: "I've seen lots of smiles on everyone's faces so it's going well. We’ve not done anything like this before with adults so it’s been a really worthwhile experience.”

The students raised a total of £207 through a variety of events and activities in the lead up to the day. These included a donate-a-£1-day and throw-a-pie-or-sponge-day, the latter being predictably popular as ammunition in the form of paper plates loaded with cream and soggy sponges were launched at volunteering lecturers’ and students’.

Curriculum Manager for Level 2 Health & Social Care, Alison Barry, said: "Holding the event forms part of the work for Unit 2 - Care Values and helps give the students real life experience on working and engaging with service users.

“They get to see the impact first hand on how empowering and giving choices can help vulnerable adults and gives the students a taste of what it's like planning, budgeting and hosting an event.

"They've all done exceptionally well in organising the day from fundraising to hosting so we're very proud of the work they've put in."

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