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Carn TY students bring Christmas cheer to older people 18.12.20

DONEGAL Age Friendly Programme, with the help of Transition Year (TY) students, have been spreading the Christmas cheer by reaching out to older people living in long term residential care.
Nursing homes are one of the services that have been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to protect the older residents in these homes, all visits from family members and friends had to stop. This has created a lot of sadness, confusion, loneliness and feelings of exclusion from society.
TY Students from Carndonagh Community School delivering packs to the staff of Carndonagh Community Hospital.
As an intergenerational project, council staff worked in partnership with TY students throughout Donegal, including Carndonagh Community School, to deliver Christmas packs of cheer to nursing home residents. The TY students wrapped the individual gifts along with writing a personalised card to the older person.
The pack contained a shower gel and deodorant for personal care, an activity booklet and colouring pencils to keep the mind active, a simple exercise programme to encourage them to keep moving, a personalised Christmas card and a treat.

Council staff at the Age Friendly Programme were delighted to bring a little joy this Christmas to 23 nursing homes and their 800 residents in Donegal and plan more residential care projects in the new year.
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