Tom shows the way

21st August 2011

Tom Ringer with Archie Harrington and Howard Brandon, both new to Dorset House for respite holiday care.


We hear a lot of negative remarks about the youth of today, but Joan Nickson, manager of Dorset House residential care home in Hamworthy, has proof that this is certainly not the case with all of them.

Tom Ringer of Lytchett Minster School started his Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award at Dorset House, and quickly made friends with the elderly residents by chatting with them, arranging games, and supporting them in their leisure interests.

DofE is a leading youth charity which gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life by engaging in a range of activities which lead to the achievement of an Award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike.

Tom, aged 14, wants to be a policeman, and was pleased to answer questions from the residents who were very interested  to hear about the reasons for his career choice.

“Tom has been a breath of fresh air,” says Joan. “He has proved that there are young people out there who want to do something good within their community. The residents really appreciate what he has done.”

Dorset House is one of 16 residential homes in Dorset operated by Poole-based Care South, a leading providers of residential, nursing and home care in the south of England.