Students at West Lothian College host a Mad Hatters Tea Party for care home residents.

Nine students from the Foundation Apprenticeship course for Social Services and Healthcare organised the event to build their confidence in supporting others, and putting their skills and knowledge to the test.

The afternoon tea saw residents from Burngrange, Craigmair, Limecroft and Cyrenians OPAL care homes come along to the College’s Livingston campus where the event was held, along with Hospitality students preparing the sandwiches and cakes.

Eilidh Campbell, SVQ Assessor in Health and Social Care at West Lothian College, explained how the event was held to allow the students to put their experience into practice.

She said: “The afternoon tea was planned to build on their practical skills, bringing together their learning about health and safety, communication, the health and social care standards, the SSSC codes of practice and to build their confidence supporting others

“It themed as a Mad Hatters Tea Party, with lots of decorations. The students then had a game of bingo, with various prizes for the winners- they also had a craft table making bookmarks, a pamper table for hand massages and nail painting and a game of flamingo toss. Everyone who attended gave us great feedback, enjoyed by all and looking forward to the next event.

“It really was an amazing event and the students were fantastic. I am so proud of the support, care and kindness they demonstrated.”

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