Transition Year Programme 2020/2021
We usually invite Transition Year students to come to our home for Work Experience or Community Action placements. Unfortunately, we cannot do that this year. In response to COVID-19 we’ve adapted our Transition Year Programme.
Each of our four options could fulfil one of the following Gaisce Challenge Areas: Community Involvement, Personal Skill.
There are four options in the programme:
1. In the Spotlight
Have you got musical talent, sing like a soprano or just like entertaining others? If so, we’d like to hear from you!
You’ll be in the spotlight (remotely) performing every week. We’ll organise this over Zoom so that you can share your talent with the people who live in one of our lodges.
Music and singing are so important for people living with dementia so you will be making a huge difference in the community.
2. Get Creative
Calling all creatives! Many of you may have taken up crafting during lockdown or you are a talented artist or have a skill for woodwork or enjoy coming up with new artistic projects.
We’re looking for you to research and create a unique product that is suitable for people living with dementia (for example, handmade jigsaws, mobiles, patchwork quilts, hats, costumes and props for dressing up in our home…the sky’s the limit!)
Then produce a video OR write a blog post along with photographs about making the product: give details about why you chose to make this particular product and how it will benefit a person living with dementia.
3. Pitch Perfect Project
Based on the popular programme Dragon’s Den, students are invited to: develop a creative solution to assist people living dementia and/or their family or carers, OR develop an aid to help/support health care professionals working with people living with dementia.
The pitch should include:
- The concept or idea
- The proposed target audience
- The problem being addressed
- The solution and benefits of the project for the target audience
- Any prototypes or demonstration of the product
- Potential path to market
All the above should be presented in a video pitch to the judging panel. The pitch should be no longer than 10 minutes. The more creative and unusual the pitch the better, as long as the criteria are reached – anything goes!
4. Future Philanthropist
Do you have event management skills or an ambition to be a future philanthropist? We’re looking for you to develop an innovative way to fundraise whether it’s a daily challenge or an online event in this new social-distancing world.
COVID-19 has meant that we have had to curtail our usual fundraising events. We’re calling on Transition Year students to help us this year to raise much needed funds. We’re asking each Transition Year group to fundraise €250 (that’s the target but definitely not the limit!) to help us give our six living rooms a revamp. Our residents are cocooning in their lodges so we’d like to redecorate each lodge to give their home a new look.
This is a great opportunity to promote and project-manage a fundraising event from start to finish.
How to apply
For further information contact Nicola on (01) 282 3000 or at Nicola.Yau@sjog.ie
Would you like to know more about dementia and our care at Saint Joseph’s Shankill? We can also facilitate information sessions over Zoom to your school.