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Lilian Faithfull’s Post Cards for Kindness Project is connecting elderly residents and local schoolchildren

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Author: Thomas Hadfield, Posted: Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 09:00

Some of Lilian Faithfull's residents reading the cards sent to them Some of Lilian Faithfull's residents reading the cards sent to them

Lilian Faithfull Care Homes have set up a new initiative in conjunction with local Gloucestershire schools.

The scheme, called the ‘Post Cards for Kindness Project’, involves local schoolchildren writing post cards or letters of their thoughts and stories about their day and sending them in for care home residents to read.

The project was started in November by care home activity coordinator Yvonne Kelly-Fox, who contacted local schools and invited them to take part.

Yvonne said: “The benefits to our residents are huge and it brings them so much joy and lots of giggles.

“It sparks memories and conversation together about their school times and when they were young, which is great for those living with dementia.

“The letters are all so heart-warming to read with beautiful thoughtful drawings added. It is also fantastic for the children's writing and connecting them with older generations that still enjoy the art of writing and reading letters.”

Schools that have been involved so far include Foxmoor Primary School, Rodborough Primary School and Rosary Primary School.

Yvonne would like to encourage more schools to be involved in across the county – “we have five care homes and two day centres with around 250 residents that would welcome the post,” she added.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Yvonne Kelly-Fox at Yvonne.Kelly-Fox@lilianfaithfull.co.uk

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