Inter-generation college event brings young and old together - The Evesham Observer

Inter-generation college event brings young and old together

Evesham Editorial 13th Nov, 2023   0

STUDENTS from Pershore College partnered with the Rotary Club of Evesham for a special lunch which brought older and younger generations together.

Teenagers got creative in the kitchen before welcoming 14 local elderly residents for a Bridging the Generations event.

A group of seven supported learning catering students and five health and social care students took part, devising the whole event including the menu, table decorations and entertainment.

Catering students cooked up a storm in the college’s training kitchen, making a pumpkin soup with homemade bread rolls followed by lemon drizzle cake and custard which they served to guests.

Health and social care students then hosted a fun quiz which was enjoyed alongside tea, coffee and biscuits, and the students were given the opportunity to chat to their guests.

Bridging the Generations is a student-led programme which connects students with elderly members of the local community and provides them with first-hand experience in catering and customer service, while also developing their communication skills and confidence.

The event was such a success that the college is now set to hold one every month for members of the community.

Hein van der Steen, of the Rotary Club of Evesham, said: “It was a great event which was enjoyed by all, with the experience giving guests fond memories for days to come. We now look forward to returning to Pershore College for the next event.”

Sarah Mackins, tutor at Pershore College, said: “Our Bridging the Generations event programme is a fantastic way for our students to connect with older members of the community. It also provides them with real-life work experience as the catering students had to ensure that the food was of a high standard and that it was served professionally and on-time. Health and social care students then had to ensure that their quiz was engaging and entertaining for those in attendance.

“It was a lovely event which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved, and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from our guests.

“We now look forward to working with the Rotary Club of Evesham on a monthly basis to continue holding these events for the benefit of both our students and the local community.”


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