Messages of hope to help tackle pandemic loneliness

Lockdown presented many challenges for families and individuals across the country with one of the most notable being the impact on the nation’s mental health. The combined issues of lockdown, social distancing, and the shielding of vulnerable members of society has meant that, for many, the coronavirus pandemic was a lonely and isolating experience. Our Star Family Hubs responded to the challenge of loneliness by sharing messages of hope to vulnerable and isolated people.

Staff and pupils from Highfield Leadership Academy took part in a special ‘Sending You Sunshine Project.’ Pupils sent postcards and videos filled with uplifting messages and teachers even knitted mini sunshines for people who live in care homes in the Blackpool area. Blackpool Coastal Housing has praised the school and its pupils for their work in the community and plans to give the school special recognition at their annual community awards. Pupils at the school are continuing to battle loneliness by sending letters of friendship to even more local vulnerable people.

At The Olive School, Hackney, pupils have been supporting members of their local community by writing letters of friendship to bring comfort to the elderly in local care homes and St Joseph’s Hospice. Young pupils at the school wanted to connect in a safe way with older people who they feared may have felt forgotten during lockdown.

Residents at local care home, Mill Lodge, were given special attention by pupils from Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford. Pupils wrote postcards describing their activities during lockdown in a bid to connect with older and more vulnerable people in the area. The letters were hand delivered along with a hamper for staff which contained sweet treats and hand cream to help care for the carers.

Eden Girls’ School, Slough’s pupils put pen to paper to write 50 messages of hope in letters and cards sent to the residents of the Windmill Care Centre. Residents were said to have been overjoyed by the thought which helped them to feel ‘remembered’ during lockdown.