Pupils and care home residents combine for art project

Mary Holbrook and Jeffrey Brown, home owners at St Peter’s Lodge in Portishead work with students fr

Mary Holbrook and Jeffrey Brown, home owners at St Peter’s Lodge in Portishead work with students from Biscay House to create watercolour party hats at their final event. Picture: Gordano School - Credit: Gordano School

A group of Portishead students have been visiting residents at one of the town’s care homes as they support a Bristol-based charity.

Mary Holbrook and Jeffrey Brown, home owners at St Peter’s Lodge in Portishead work with students fr

Mary Holbrook and Jeffrey Brown, home owners at St Peter’s Lodge in Portishead work with students from Biscay House to create watercolour party hats at their final event. Picture: Gordano School - Credit: Gordano School

Gordano School pupils have been supporting Alive! – a cause which is dedicated to helping older people get the care they deserve.

Since April, students have been spending time at St Peter’s Lodge and have got to know the residents by talking to them about hobbies and favourite holiday destinations.

The teenagers and residents have also worked together on art projects, as part of the Alive! Paint Pals initiative.

The youngsters also have held a number of events to raise money for Alive! and a £400 cheque has recently been handed over.


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The funds will help Alive! with future projects at nursing and residential homes in the South West.

Emma Grants, from the charity said, “The Paint Pals programme is an inter-generational project which creates a relaxed and open atmosphere for schools and local care homes or sheltered housing projects to bond and connect through art.

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“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.”

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