Students from Rochdale Sixth Form College support the elderly across the Borough

Students from Rochdale Sixth Form College support the elderly across the Borough

Published: 5th March 2019

As part of the college’s unique Social Development Programme, more than 90 students volunteered at their local care home and offered support to the elderly in the local community.

The students who are all in their second year, aged 17 – 18 were encouraged to engage in a range of activities with local elderly people for at least one hour per week whether it be chatting, listening, reading or even offering IT support and creative skills.

Over 20 local care homes welcomed this initiative with open arms and enjoyed getting to know the students and hearing about their views and plans for the future.

Nick Vile, Student Performance & Development Leader at Rochdale Sixth Form College said: “I am extremely proud of how the students embraced this programme with genuine enthusiasm and commitment, and I hope all the residents in our community who were involved also felt that it has been beneficial and valuable. I would like to thank everyone involved and hope that we can grow the partnership when it starts again in September, with our next cohort of Year 13 students.”

Y13 student Elizabeth said: “I will remember the difference I made to the lives of residents when they just needed someone to listen to them”

If anyone is interested in finding out more about this programme, and how they could become involved, please do get in touch in Nick Vile at

The following partners took part in the Programme:

Ashbourne Nursing Home, Belvoir Care, Bluebird Care, The Heywood Blind Welfare Society Centre for Blind, Chistia Mosque, Cleggsworth House, Four Seasons, Gibbons Prima Dance, Golden Mosque, Half Acre House, HMR Circle, King Cross Care Home, Leighton House, Littleborough Care Home, Lynhurst Care Home, Making Space, Millfield Care Home, Meavy Home, Mews Nursing home, Neeli Mosque, Newhey Manor, Riverside Nursing Home, Rochdale Borough Council, Rosemary Care Home, Springfield Park Home, Springhill Hospice, St Marys Court, Waterside Lodge, Willows Care Home

Rochdale Sixth Form College is the founding institution of the Altus Education Partnership.


About Rochdale Sixth Form College’s Social Development Programme

All Year 13 students at Rochdale Sixth Form College engage in our Social Development Programme. The programme is broken down into nine key areas – Literacy & the Arts, Mental Health & Wellbeing, The Environment, Sport & Healthy Lifestyles, Social Media, The Young, The Elderly, Homelessness and Animal Welfare. The Social Development Programme complements our bespoke enrichment programme and is designed for students to develop six essential skills:

  • Leadership skills
  • Team work skills
  • Problem solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Applied numeracy and literacy skills