St Katharine’s House work hard to maintain local community relations and the team have been supporting young students who are interested in a career in Health and Social Care for many years by offering them hands on work experience within the home.
Currently, there are four students from Abingdon and Witney College, gaining practical experience from qualified and dedicated team members, within a person centered environment.
Charlotte, Kiera, Theodora and Emily are currently studying Health and Social Care T-Levels, a brand new type of qualification designed to give young people a new two-year, full-time study vocational programme, equivalent to 3 A Levels.
The students have been helping the Activity team within the home, entertaining and talking to residents and encouraging participation in the variety of activities offered. The work has given them exposure to the dynamic, fast-changing sector of nursing and healthcare in the UK.
Emily said “I’m enjoying meeting the residents and their families and listening to all of their stories from the past. It has also given me an insight to Dementia and how it affects different people.”
During the past few weeks the students have assisted with all the Christmas activities, from Bingo calling, quizzes, arts and crafts, creating decorations for the Christmas Corner Competition, singing and dancing.
Theodora said “I read online about St. Katharine’s House and it sounded really professional and inclusive. With Covid restrictions it is great that they let us come in and help out. I have enjoyed working with the amazing activity team, meeting and getting to know the residents. I love listening to stories from both the residents and the staff.”
Seung Ping Riggs Home Manager said “It has been a joy to have the girls help us, they have brought a smile to our residents faces, have learnt a lot about the day to day practicalities of working within a care home and have had a positive impact on our residents wellbeing. We welcome their enthusiasm and willingness to learn and we hope it has given them an insight for any future roles they choose when they finish their studies.”
Seung Ping has managed St. Katharine’s Care Home since 2018 and develops her team with her leadership skills and implementation of Gold Care Homes core values: trust, empowerment, accountability and integrity. Team members are empowered with the freedom, flexibility and power to make decisions and solve problems whilst being responsive and compassionate to the needs of each individual.
Gaining first hand work experience within a care home community enables students to develop observational, communication and teamwork skills, whilst building confidence in how care and support is provided for those people who are no longer able to support themselves. If you are interested in a career in care, want to discuss the variety of roles within a care home or are looking for work experience please contact email@example.com to discuss further. It’s what’s inside that counts.