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Beckett volunteers battling the elements at bramley elderly action's 21st birthday


Last week, Bramley Elderly Action put on a ’21 Again’ celebration for BEA’s 21st birthday celebration and Leeds Beckett students were on hand to assist. Several balloon-pump malfunctions were not enough to deter the hardy Leeds Beckett volunteers who were soon pushing vast quantities of air into oversized balloons, straight from the lungs. Some nearly collapsed.

Oxygen levels fully restored, they then set about tying the balloons to the gates and rolling out the red carpet ready for the seniors to arrive.

The Marvellous Tea Dance Company were on hand in full vintage attire to serve tea and cake while Senior Residential Officer Paul Harris took care of the entertainment. Soon, the older folk were flooding in and enjoying a drink.

Out went the quiz and up went the chatter as people young and old got their heads together to tackle the questions. A rousing speech followed. Awards were given to many who had volunteered with Bramley Elderly Action for 15 years or more.

IMAG0397Meanwood Ukulele Club then lead the charge with storming renditions of old favourites such as ‘Blue Moon’, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘The Old Oak Tree’. A swift clear-up followed then the volunteers braced themselves to do it all over again a few hours later!

Volunteering at events like this is a great way to give your CV a lift and do something meaningful for the communities around you. All it took for volunteers at this event was a willingness to muck in and an openness to meet some fun older people.

It’s easy. Think about what causes really get you going and do a quick Google search to find out what’s happening in Leeds. Then find a contact and get involved. If you have an idea for a project and want to recruit more students then visit to find out more about how to get started.