During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, some of our young volunteers thought it would be a good idea to reach out to care home residents by writing letters and becoming pen pals.

Their letters were sent, via email, to a number of care homes across Central Bedfordshire who were happy to take part in this project. 

Charley, Young Healthwatch volunteer writes:

I have learnt some new skills, such as cooking and playing the piano.

She then asks some questions:

If you were a teenager for the day, what would you do? What’s your favourite song or movie?

We have had some lovely responses from residents at Baycroft Care Home in Flitwick

Marie, a resident at Baycroft Care Home, replies to Charley:

If I could be a teenager for the day, I’d like to be 16 I suppose, I’d find a boyfriend (Marie laughs). My favourite song or movie? Look Charley, I am 97 years old, I have listened to many songs and watched many films in my time, I used to go to the pictures and watch musicals but I can’t remember what they are called, we are going back 70+ years (Marie laughs).

It is lovely to see the happiness this project is giving. Here are a couple of residents from Hamberley Care Homes with their letters and pictures:

Caddington Grove care home residents

The Young Healthwatch volunteers have also been writing to Respite at Home clients, who receive domiciliary care at home, so do not see very many people at this time. Some of the volunteers have also sent some wonderful pictures to these clients:

                       

 

 

The Young Healthwatch volunteers are enjoying writing their letters, and it’s great when they get such wonderful replies. We are sure the pen pal friendships will continue to flourish and once this period of imposed restrictions is lifted, the young volunteers will visit in person.