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Healthcare students get arty at Sense Day Centre

These have included creating a six foot mural of a tree, along with some decorative items that can be swapped throughout the year in line with the changing seasons.

Lecturer, Sham Begum said: “This has been a lovely opportunity for the students to spend time in a care environment as a group before they go out and complete work placements on their own in other locations. When they first arrived at Sense, they spent time learning the deafblind manual alphabet.

They also took turns wearing blindfolds so they could better understand the type of support that vision and hearing impaired people might need.”

The artwork has been made possible through funding from Creative Black Country, which encourages people to create and experience more art and culture in their local areas.

Jessica Evans, an art tutor at Sense added: “This funding has enabled the centre’s service users to immerse themselves in activities they haven’t tried before. Working with local students is ideal because it means they can meet different people and learn alongside them.

“It’s also been rewarding for us to see how professional and enthusiastic the students have been in their approach to the projects and how easily they made friends with the service users.”

Student, Courtney Lindsay, aged 16 added: “I wasn’t fully aware of the support that Sense offer to deafblind people. Now I really admire their work and the difference they make to the lives of others. I will definitely share my experiences here when I go to job interviews and am in my future workplace.”

Stourbridge College’s next Open Event takes place on Tuesday 8 December from 5pm-8pm. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to beat the queues by registering here.

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