Young volunteers help out in home

Some of the volunteers from Hartlepool FCs National Citizenship Service at Queens Meadow Care Home in Stockton Road.

Some of the volunteers from Hartlepool FCs National Citizenship Service at Queens Meadow Care Home in Stockton Road.

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Ninety teenage volunteers from Hartlepool Football Club’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent two weeks at a care home entertaining elderly residents as part of a project.

Gardening, line dancing, singing, classic board games and bingo were enjoyed by the youngsters and residents during the programme.

The volunteers, all aged between 15 to 17, were split into six groups of 15 and spent a day each at Queens Meadow Care Home in the town’s Stockton Road.

Since the visits, two of the groups have chosen the home for their Social Action Project, part of their commitment to the NCS.

They have been fundraising to buy items for the residents’ pamper room and garden through a cake sale, which took place at Hartlepool FC’s first home game of the season.

Further donations were taken at Queens Meadow Care Home’s summer fete, which took place at the facility last weekend.

Liz Jones, customer relationships officer at Hill Care, which operates Queens Meadow Care Home, said: “It is always a pleasure to see the young and elderly interacting and enjoying their time together.

“The National Citizenship Service is a great scheme. It gets teenagers away from their smartphones and computers for a few hours and doing something that immeasurably improves the lives of our elderly residents.

“They might only be at the home a couple of hours a day, but it gives the residents a lift for weeks.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoys the visits and we always look forward to the next time.”

Hill Care works closely with several NCS groups across Teesside.