Students from Bury College were recently welcomed to a care home in Radcliffe to help provide their residents with a makeover and photography experience.

Residents at HC-One’s Rose Court Care Home were offered the opportunity to enjoy a hair and make-up session with 13 of our students.

Once the pampering session was completed, the glammed-up residents were taken to a pop-up photography studio where students studying Art and Design were able to practice their photography skills.

Maddie Turnbull, an Art, Design and Communication Level 3 student was grateful for the opportunity. The former Woodhey High School pupil said: “I really enjoyed myself. I loved speaking with the residents and seeing them smile with their friends.”

Rebecca Campbell, Employer Engagement and Skills Consultant at Bury College, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to get some real-world work experience that they need to do as part of their courses, and they have really enjoyed it. They have demonstrated to future employers that they have the skills and positive attitude to succeed in the workplace, plus they have gained the added experience of working with mature customers - which they might not have got working in a commercial salon or photography studio.”

Allison Porter, the Rose Court Care Home wellbeing coordinator said: “Our residents really enjoyed having their make-up and hair done, and we look forward to seeing the photographs when they are ready. We love looking after our residents and today we have been able to make them feel super-special. They have enjoyed meeting the students and everyone has looked very happy.

“It really has been a lovely experience, and the students have been brilliant. We also look forward to welcoming back Bury College students in the future and have already arranged an art activity that I’m sure our residents will also love.”

Opportunities such as this one help Bury College students gain first-hand experience and an understanding of different industries and the workplace. Click here to find out more.