Enterprise is students’ cup of tea

Release Date: 10 March 2017

D&A College students are taking an enterprising approach to keeping the elderly active by organising a tea dance.

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From left – Josie Falconer, Stacey McGregor, Kerry Smith, Amber Souter and Shirley Nicol raise cash to finance a tea dance (courtesy of The Courier, Dundee © D C Thomson & Co Ltd).

As part of their course NC business administration and IT students Josie Falconer, Carnoustie, Shirley Nicol, Letham, Amber Soutar, Kerry Smith, Stacey McGregor, all Arbroath, are aiming to treat the residents of Jubilee Court, Letham, to an afternoon of dancing and refreshments.

To fulfil the enterprise unit of their course the students are setting up a stall in the Isla Building at D&A Arbroath Campus and selling donated items in a bid to finance the tea dance at the sheltered housing complex next month.

The students have already ‘raided’ high street stores in Arbroath in a bid to build up stock for their stall and were impressed with their generosity.

“We approached family, friends and fellow students for donations and then tried all the shops, the local traders were particularly generous,” said Josie.

“We aim to invite the residents from all 24 flats at the independent living facility, and their friends and family, to a tea dance on March 22.

“Before that we will be running our stall in the Isla Building each Tuesday, between 12noon and 2pm from February 28 to March 14.”

The students aim to run the tea dance themselves, selecting and playing the music, making and serving the teas, and even offering manicures on the day – Shirley is a qualified beauty therapist.

The group have also met with Volunteer Angus to explore ways in which to roll out their tea dance initiative and investigate other activities which will benefit the community.