Biscay students build links with St Peter’s Lodge residents


Students at Gordano School have been supporting the Bristol based charity Alive! over the past few months by raising money and taking part in one of the charities projects.

A group of students from Biscay House have been visiting community members of St Peter’s Lodge once a month since April to take part in a Paint Pals project run by Alive!. The group have been chatting with the residents about where they used to work, their favourite seasons and holiday destinations. They also collaboratively worked on some art projects to represent these stories.

During the visits the students also enjoyed playing Rummikub and dominoes with the residents, as well as sampling fabulous refreshments provided by Viv, the manager of St Peter’s Lodge.

Emma Grants from the charity Alive!, commented,

"The Paint Pals programme is an inter-generational project that creates a relaxed and open atmosphere for schools and local care homes/ sheltered housing projects to bond and connect through art. It’s been nice to work with pupils from Gordano School on this project as they have been able to visit regularly. Everyone involved in the project has enjoyed themselves.”

At their final visit this July, the Biscay students, alongside Biscay staff member Lucie Broad, presented Emma Grant with a cheque for over £400, donated throughout the year during Biscay House fundraising events. The funds will go towards future Alive! projects taking place in nursing/ sheltered housing and residential homes.

If you’d like to learn more about Alive!, please visit their website

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