FLEX Students Host Community Jubilee Tea Party
Recently, a group of Rotherham College’s FLEX Independent Living students hosted a lunch club for local elderly people at Dinnington Methodist Church in order to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The students set up tables, cooked home-made British delicacies and served hot drinks to all of the attendees. The delicious buffet included freshly made scones, a range of sandwiches, sausage rolls, battenberg cake, and a tremendous home-made trifle.
The FLEX students also created some fabulous crowns in their arts and crafts sessions, which they gifted to their elderly guests, allowing them to get into the festive spirit. They also hosted a raffle and a quiz, handed out British flags and bunting, and played music from the 50s and 60s to entertain their local guests.
Claire Bunclark, Curriculum Manager for the FLEX department, attended the event and was extremely impressed with all of the students’ effort and hard work.
She said: “It’s lovely to see the learners working with members of the community and applying the skills that they have learnt in college into a real-life setting.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to build on their communication skills, and it’s also nice to see that the members of the community are enjoying the experience as well.”
Mauricio Zavario, FLEX Independent Living student also commented on the lunch club.
He said: “I really enjoy keeping the elderly people company. It is really nice to talk to them!
“I also love all the different jobs we get to do at the lunch club, like wiping down tables and making cups of tea.”
The FLEX students take part in the Lunch Club regularly, not only to use their practical skills they have learnt in college, but to form relationships with elderly people in the community.