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Giving joy to carehome residents during lockdown

A campaign to send postcards, letters and pictures to residents of carehomes is picking up pace during a lockdown as people try to combat loneliness.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:44am 30th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Giving joy to carehome residents during lockdown

A campaign to send letters to residents in Aylesbury carehomes is needed now more than ever. 

'Forget Me Not: Letters of Kindness' is a initiative set up to send a picture, postcard or letter to people living in carehomes around Aylesbury. 

People sign up and each week a different carehome is picked to receive the post that people have sent.

Following the coronavirus pandemic and lock down restrictions carehomes have had to ban visitors which has been difficult for many, and so these letters are bringing joy to many residents.

carehome post

'Forget Me Not' is an organisation usually visiting care homes and engaging with their residents.

In that absence of being able to to this Maria Butler from C.P.J. Field funeral directors explained why the letters are so important:

"It's being thought about. When you're in a care home if you don't get any visitors normally because you haven't got family etc, its very very lonely. This is a different way to combat social isolation. Just to feel that someone is thinking of you. 

"It's so simple yet what it means to people from every walk of life there's no words for it at the moment. We all need a bit of kindness and we all need to feel that people are thinking about us."

The post comes from people of all ages and in all forms and Maria is asking parents homeschooling at the moment to think about introducing it into the weekly schedule. 

The idea is to also provide a stamped envelope alongside so that the residents can reply if they want to or are able to. 

A facebook group has been set up so people can post about creating and receiving a letter of kindness.

letters of kindness

A post by Hampden Hall Care Centre reads:

"Some of our residents enjoyed the sunshine and reading letters from people in our local community while sat in our beautiful sensory garden this afternoon. Their smiles make everything feel positive in the current climate."

It is also where people can find the weekly care home address as well as ask advice on the scheme.

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