Towards the end of August, we were lucky enough to play host to two groups from the National Citizen Service (NCS) project, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 to 17-year-olds. It exists to help tackle some of the biggest social challenges in our country: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement, with the latter being where Shinfield View comes in.

The teenagers visiting us were here to get involved in the community and build their understanding of their responsibilities as citizens, an we’re incredibly grateful that they chose to come to us. Both groups popped in a few times beforehand to try and find out what our residents here at Shinfield love the most, then they went away and planned two amazing activity days for them to enjoy…

One group decided to hold a mini sports day, which included an egg-and-spoon race in the garden and a seated exercise class to music, where they all learnt a dance routine made up by one of the young people. The second group decided a Prom-themed activity day would be fun as the older people would remember going to the old-time dances, and the teenagers had all just been to their own proms; their activity day was made up of providing salon treatments in the morning then all having lunch together, followed by a party later in the afternoon. The young people all got dressed up with our residents, and everyone had a fab afternoon of old music and dancing.

Everyone really enjoyed the NCS visits this summer, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the young people who came and spent time here – you did a fantastic job and we enjoyed every minute of it.