Two Sunderland University students have left a lasting impression on residents and staff at Launchpad’s Hollyacre House.

Year 3 students Amy Buckley and Charlotte Cooke have completed a six-week placement at the house as part of their three-year BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (OT) degree course.

Amy and Charlotte worked with residents involving them in several activities such as breakfast club, nature trail walks and baking. They also spent time engaging with the residents for chats, which was appreciated by all.

Spending time at the house, which provides accommodation and support to veterans who have found the transition from the military to civilian life difficult, has provided them with a platform to work with veterans as part of their studies.

Commenting on her experience, Charlotte, said:

“Hollyacre House was an excellent venue for Amy and I to help us with our studies and we hope the residents got as much out of it as we did.”

The placement provides students with practical experience in a contemporary health and care environment.

Phil Thompson, Manager of Hollyacre House in Sacriston, Durham, said:

“It’s been great to have Amy and Charlotte on site working with our residents. They’ve been here from day one since we took over the management and ownership of the house in May and the impact they have had on residents has been really positive.

“We’ve welcomed students from other Universities to work with our residents at our other house in Newcastle which also provided positive outcomes. It’s really encouraging to see our residents gain confidence and engage in the activities they have organised and I hope they will continue with these activities long after Amy and Charlotte have left.”