On Friday the 8th of December at the INTO Centre students had the opportunity to participate in making Christmas cards for elderly people in local care homes.
Esme Murphy, a second year English Language student, organised a Christmas card making event as part of the Give It A Go Programme to give students a much needed break from deadlines and exam revision and also to make a positive contribution to the local community.
The event on Friday ran from 2-4pm and there is another opportunity to take part on Monday the 11th from 12-2pm in the Philip Robinson Library. Materials and equipment have been provided and it is a relaxed event where students are free to come and go as they please within the two-hour slot. Esme said that people are “free to be as creative as they wish” when decorating the cards.
“a great way to help those who may not have loved ones at this festive time.”
Esme Murphy, second year English Language student
Esme is working as a Marketing and PR Intern for the Give It A Go programme as part of a career development module. She spoke about her decision to organise this event: “I meet up with my supervisor every week and we decided a Christmas card making event would be a great idea for students as a source of release from their studies and just a break from any deadlines they may have in the weeks coming up to Christmas.”
“I decided then that I wanted to do something within the local community as well and thought that donating the cards to local care homes would be a great way to help those who may not have loved ones at this festive time and would hopefully be something to brighten up their Christmas.”
The Christmas card making event has been organised as part of Newcastle Student Union’s Give It A Go programme, involving a range of events and activities aimed at encouraging students to try new things. Esme expressed hopes that her Christmas card making event would encourage more people to get involved:
“I want to encourage people to get involved not only to enjoy some festive fun and to have a break from their studies but also to promote the Give It A Go programme on the whole.”
“It will allow them to look into the programme and see what we have to offer as well as giving back to the local community and having fun.”