PUPILS from a school in Linwood have helped residents at Mosswood Care Home get into the Christmas spirit after hosting a concert.

It comes after 17 youngsters from the Riverbrae School choir performed several songs in the care home, including White Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas, and a Makaton-signed version of You've Got a Friend in Me.

It's the first time the choir of 11 to 14-year-olds has performed at the care home, but now the school hopes to make it an annual event.

The choir was formed in 2022 as part of the delivery of Nordoff and Robbins Music Therapy at the school.

Craig, a pupil and founding member in the choir, said: “Choir makes me feel happy.

"I like it because singing is fun. You get to use your voice! It opens up new opportunities for people who want to sing but don’t know how to.”

Stella Hadjineophytou, the choir’s leader and Facilitative Music Therapist at Nordoff and Robbins, said: “The choir loves to meet new people and sing and I love bringing them out of school to perform in a community space.

“Many of the pupils at Riverbrae experience social marginalisation due to their learning support needs, but, when they lead people in song, we see that they are creative, expressive, compassionate individuals who have an enormous impact on others.

"It is always so exciting to see them learn, grow and become more confident at these events.”

Lorraine McDermott, principal teacher at Riverbrae School, added: “Our young people were very excited to perform for the residents of Mosswood Care Home.

“Events like this help foster important links in our community and give our pupils the chance to have positive experiences and make new friendships.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for them and gave them a place where they could showcase their talents.

“We are very proud of them. It was a fantastic performance.”

Chiara Pacitti, Activity Co-ordinator at Mosswood Care Home, said: “The residents loved the performance.

“We call the link between Riverbrae and Mosswood ‘Adopt a Friend’. The children and residents have created a special bond and the children have been here for a Halloween party, crafts, sports day and work experience.

“Fostering intergenerational, meaningful connections is so important for our residents and children at Riverbrae. It helps break down barriers, fosters a sense of community and creates an environment where everyone thrives.”