Loneliness is a growing problem among older people, and in care homes it can be a particularly difficult issue to resolve. 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.
As a school, we wanted to take part in the campaign that was launched encouraging people to send Christmas cards to residents in local care homes and embraced the task during our recent drop-down day. As a school we made almost 300 cards to send to a variety of care home in the north west region to make a connection with the residents. Reducing loneliness is a crucial part of improving their physical and mental wellbeing and we additionally wanted to promote out school value of compassion and social responsibility.