Afternoon tea for pensioners and pupils in Carrick project

Megan Dunne and Liz team up at the craft session. INCT 22-709-CON
Megan Dunne and Liz team up at the craft session. INCT 22-709-CON
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Participants on an inter-generational project in Carrickfergus have rounded off the experience with afternoon tea.

Downshire School and student social worker Allie Mairs organised a two-day Linking Generations NI ‘Craft Connections’ event involving several of the residents at Barn Halt Cottages.

It was supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) as part of the celebrations for the ‘European Day of Solidarity between Generations’.

Yr 13 Health and Social Care students enjoyed meeting residents and support staff at the Barn Halt Cottages.

They then returned a week later to complete their craft pieces and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with principal Jacqueline Stewart, Allie Mairs and Art and Design teacher Cathryn Thacker in attendance.

In a statement the school said: “The personalised craft pieces were designed by talented, local craftsperson Beverly Stickland and the residents produced their individual, framed photo montages ably assisted by the Downshire School pupils.

“Both young and old said they found the experience to be a very enjoyable one and a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other.”