By Oliver Pritchard
Our time at Windsor Street Care Centre has truly been a journey. When we started, none of us knew quite what to expect, and I think it’s safe to say the first week came as a shock - some of the residents in our particular wing were in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, and I think we all found our first trip quite upsetting. However, as the weeks went on, we realised it was precisely the severity of their conditions that made the work so rewarding. It seemed we genuinely were of use, whether as a source of entertainment for a few hours a week or simply as a sounding board. A special mention should be given to Oliver Ferris who played the piano for the residents and to Hannah and Jess on the Activities Team who made us feel so welcome. Each time we returned we encountered new personalities and heard new stories as well as seeing some of the familiar faces. Each of us found a few personalities that really struck a chord with us; personalities that were hard to leave behind. To see the amazing work that the staff at Windsor Street do and to take part in walks, exercise afternoons and even magic shows was an inspiration and their kindness to us was amazing. I'm sure I am not alone in my hope to return to the care home soon.