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A Bupa care home in Glasgow is doing its bit to bridge the age divide by bringing in local students to engage in resident activities.

Students from Barrhead High School are volunteering their time at Millview Care Home.

Jennifer Campbell, home manager at Bupa’s Millview Care Home, said: “The involvement of students from Barrhead is proving to be very beneficial to our residents as it encourages them to socially interact with those in the local area.

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“Spending time with the pupils gives the residents such a boost as they love interacting with them and hearing about what life is like for kids growing up these days. It’s wonderful to see everyone involved getting along so well together.”

Together, students and residents have engaged in a range of activities, including dominos, sing-a-longs and learning about each other’s lives.

Raymond Weir, student support teacher at Barrhead High School, said: “The pupils were admittedly a little nervous at first, as they weren’t sure how easily they would get along with the residents, but they hit it off straight away

“It’s been a real eye-opener as many of the students have elderly relatives but were unaware of the number of local elderly people living at Millview.

“The residents also love seeing fresh faces and engaging with the students. One particular highlight is the sing-a-longs, as they love to join in with the familiar memories and it’s like they’ve been transported back in time.

“You could also see the students light up and it has many of them now thinking about life after school and in particular pursuing careers working with the elderly. It’s been a really positive experience and we’re now looking at ways to include as many of our students as possible.”

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