Students show their caring side

STUDENTS helped people at Sandy Lane Day Centre celebrate national Dignity Action Day.

Priestley’s health and education learners – many of whom are preparing for a career caring for others – organised flower arranging sessions to keep the users of the centre entertained.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the centre, which provides our students with some invaluable experiences working with their service users and engaging in a range of activities with them,” said Tutor Bev Devlin.

“The staff’s professional approach and support that is made available to our learners is exemplary. The centre’s people-focussed approach is truly outstanding.”

Sandy Lane’s Digni-Tea celebrations involved service users, family, friends and colleagues.

In the run-up to Dignity Action Day the centre held a week of discussions, readings and poetry to inform service users of the importance of dignity in life.

All then filled out a card explaining what dignity meant to them. These were later hung on the centre’s Digni-tree.

“The comments service users and staff had written were very life affirming and showed that the importance of dignity, choice and respect are fundamental to people’s quality of life,” said Senior Care Assistant Sarah Banks.

“The feedback from everyone was very good. All of them said they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and would ensure they promote the importance of dignity within their daily lives.”

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