‘Old Friends are Best’
Friends of the Elderly recognise the benefits of bringing young and old together. Each year we facilitate student placements in 25 Bolton Street. We want the students to gain experience in all aspects of our organisation. We want to increase awareness of the important contribution students have to offer elderly people and the value of our elderly in the community.
Through our placements at Friends of the Elderly we will offer the students a chance to host some small events and clubs for our older members. The students will be responsible for the design and distribution of cards for our older friends and help with our weekly social clubs, office administration and campaigns.
Work experience, Community action and volunteering are great ways to find out what sort of work the student enjoys and can give them the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas.
Benefits of TY placements with us:
-To give students a different view on life and to connect with our older friends.
-Increase awareness in young people of the important contribution they make to an older person’s life.
-Promote social and personal development through friendship and Intergenerational activities with our older members.
-Develop new communication skills and learn to dispel some myths about aging.
-Increased awareness and understanding of the challenges that older adults face and of the need for greater respect for our older community.
As part of the requirement for placements the student is expected to attend an induction day which usually takes place in October.
If you feel you would like to get involved please contact Fiona at [email protected] for details of the next intake of students.
Closing date for placements for 2016/2017 is 30th September 2016