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Gordano Pupils Bringing Cheer to Care Home Residents – Covered on BBC Radio Bristol

Gordano pupils have been helping to put a smile on Portishead Care Home Residents faces by writing them poems, letters and drawing pictures.  In conjunction with local charity Alive, Gordano launched a house competition to encourage pupils to connect with those living in care.

“It’s been so hard for Care Home residents and staff during the pandemic.  They have been isolating and haven’t been able to see friends or family. The staff have all done an incredible job in keeping spirits up and finding different ways of engaging residents in activity, but it hasn’t been easy.  Knowing that the pupils of Gordano school have been thinking about them has really helped.”   Said CEO of Alive,  and Portishead resident, Isobel Jones.    

With a real mixture of responses from the pupils, from beautiful drawings to heart felt poems on their experience of lockdown, it is very evident they understand what  older people are going through. 

“It’s been so positive for our pupils to support those living in our local care homes.  Despite their own challenges of being in lockdown, its important our students can find different ways of supporting their local community.  Bringing the generations together is incredibly valuable and despite the logistical challenges, its good to find ways of continuing these links.” Said Danny McGilloway, Deputy Head Pastoral at Gordano School.

Care Homes will continue to face challenges from COVID-19 going forward.  Alive have a box for pictures in Waitrose, Portishead.  If anyone would like to contribute with pictures and letters to local homes over the summer, please pop them in there and Alive will continue to distribute. 

On Saturday 8th August our Assistant Head, Mrs Thomas and Abbey from Year 10 spoke to Ali Vowels live on BBC Breakfast for her 'Make a Difference' feature about this particular the house challenge and our work with Alive. You can listen again here from 6.50am, if you would like to hear the interview from Saturday.  

Below are a few examples of drawings students have sent in, well done to everyone who has taken part, you have really helped to make a difference in our local community.  


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