Residents receive a surprise through the post thanks to the ‘Letters Against Loneliness’ project

Posted on 30 November 2020

To help combat isolation and bridge the generation gap in the Waterside area, schools in the community have been busy drawing pictures, writing letters and making cards for residents at Oaklands.

The project, which has involved local care homes, sheltered housing and community groups, has been organised by the Waterside Primary Care Network (WPCN), which includes five GP practices in the area.

For the project, children have been encouraged to think about how being separated from family members and the wider community during the pandemic might impact different people.

Commenting on the project, Nicola Ray, Registered Manager of Oaklands Rest Home, said: ” We’re delighted to be part of this wonderful project and residents have loved receiving their letters and cards through the post.

“We’ve always felt a real connection between the different generations. Prior to the pandemic our residents would look forward to their art sessions with a local nursery and engaging with the children. The age gaps would just melt away and it was wonderful to watch.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to continue our visits, so being involved in such a lovely project with Marchwood Infant School has really touched our hearts.”

The project was recently featured on ITV Meridian News.