The COVID-19 pandemic has been a period of isolation for people of all ages. Young people have not been able to see their friends and support networks in person and many have been distance learning.
On the other end of the spectrum, elderly people have also been increasingly isolated during this time. Especially those who are living in care homes and have not been allowed to have their families visit them. In such an unprecedented time, we need to think of new and imaginative ways to connect with one another and support each other.
One such way is by taking part in the ‘Postcards of Kindness’ initiative. This is a Facebook group that has been set up for members of the public to send postcards to elderly people living in care homes.
In our SAFE workshops at the training centre, we picked a local care home and made postcards to send to them. Both OnTrack and ESOL classes wrote messages on postcards and then used pencils, paints, and crayons to create some beautiful designs.
Some students wrote something interesting about themselves whilst others wished the people in care homes love and sent their best wishes. They then created pictures of flowers, the beach, mountains, and many other imaginative pieces of art!
Art can be therapeutic for many people and creating Postcards of Kindness was a lovely way to practice self-care for ourselves (and for our ESOL students to practice their English!), whilst also doing something to brighten someone else’s day.
If you would like to send a Postcard of Kindness to a care home, follow the link below to find out more about the project.