Christmas card workshop for Teesside teens and elderly

November 28, 2017

TEESSIDE teenagers and the elderly have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas card workshop.


The young volunteers spent time at The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, running a card-making arts and crafts session.


The independent community safety partnership, Safe in Tees Valley organised the activity for their National Citizenship Service (NCS) members.


Ten volunteers, aged 15 to 17 years old, spent a day at the home working with the residents.


One of those, Dominic Horner, also dressed as Father Christmas to help spread the festive cheer.


Resident Mary McLean said: “The children were really nice. It was lots of fun making Christmas cards with them.”Christmas card workshop


Chris Churchill, home manager of The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, said: “The residents thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the young volunteers.


“Our thanks go to the Safe in Tees Valley NCS for visiting and running a really engaging and interesting arts and crafts session.


Christmas card workshop annie hugill ncs“Loads of beautiful Christmas cards came out of the session, which the residents will send to friends and family over the coming festive holiday.


“We believe it’s really important to engage with the local community and invite volunteers in to spend time with the residents.


“Activities like this always have such a positive impact.”

he Gables Care Home is part of the Hill Care Group. For further information visit

Images - 1 – The Gables Care Home resident Mary McLean and Safe in Tees Valley NCS volunteer Abbie Walker making Christmas cards. 2 – Dominic ‘Father Christmas’ Horner, a volunteer from the Safe in Tees Valley NCS, spreads the festive cheer at The Gables Care Home.


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