Both students and staff at Nelson and Colne College, Lancashire Adult Learning and Accrington and Rossendale College have been busy creating and writing festive greeting cards for the elderly. With the aim to help reduce loneliness and isolation among older people in care homes across the region.
Everyone was encouraged to include a personal touch as part of this year’s theme ‘What warms your heart this Winter?’ Examples of what makes them happy alongside their festive greeting from wearing a favourite Christmas jumper or watching a much-loved movie or simply snuggling up with the dog on a Winter afternoon.
“The Nelson & Colne College Group are extremely proud to be supporting this wonderful campaign again. Students and staff across the group have enjoyed making or writing Christmas cards to send to an older person in Lancashire. Sharing their own messages of ‘what warms your heart’ has brought joy to us all at this often-difficult time of year and we hope that joy is shared by those yet to receive the cards.”
Sarah Haworth, Head of Curriculum – Health & Wellbeing
Did you know: There are more than 13,600 people in care homes across Lancashire and South Cumbria. Figures from Age UK show that 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and 60% of people in care homes get no visitors at all.
Receiving a card often sparks conversation and encourages residents to talk to each other and bring back happy memories. Research shows this has many health benefits, especially for people living with dementia.
Thanks to all the staff across the college group who have helped in a variety of different ways to make this a huge success. Special thanks to Sarah Haworth, Emma Duffy and Tasnim Desai.
Photo: Staff and Tutors from Lancashire Adult Learning, Brierfield, Lancashire