Santa-grams for seniors this Christmas
Home Instead Calderdale has teamed up with local primary schools as well as age related charities and community groups to launch a Santa-gram campaign, to help bring festive cheer to elderly people this Christmas.
According to the Age UK website almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas and half a million older people can go up to a week without seeing or speaking to anyone.
With some form of lockdown restrictions likely to continue into December, Home Instead Calderdale decided to start a campaign to help relieve some of the loneliness felt by many elderly people across our community at this difficult time.
The Santa-gram campaign involves children at local primary schools creating Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks, puzzles or writing a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to their day. The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the week beginning 14 December.
After putting out a call for Christmas cards and letters, several schools decided to get involved.
Helen Hemingway, Deputy Head at Longroyde Primary School, Rastrick said:
"We have built a lovely relationship with the local care home; we regularly visit their carpark to wave at residents, share our arts and crafts with them and we have already planned "carols in the car park" for December. We now want to spread the Christmas spirit further afield. It gives our children a real purpose, creating something for someone else, knowing it will cheer them up and make them smile."
Home Instead Calderdale is working in partnership with local community groups and charities such as Age UK, Memory Lane Dementia cafes, local care homes and residential housing associations to deliver the Santa-grams to the elderly in time for Christmas.
Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:
“This year many older people have been isolating at home or living in care homes but without the consolation of family visits due to COVID-19. As a result they are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted. We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”
Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 9 December 2020. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive a Santa-gram or if you are a school and would like to get involved, contact Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email Julie.email@example.com