Since the second lockdown came into place I have been in touch with people in the local community to try and set up ways in which we could prevent the elderly from feeling lonely.
I have already arranged for residents at the Glynn Residential Home to receive cards from children at the school I work at (Wrenthorpe Academy) and I am currently waiting for a response from a number of other local care homes to see if they would like cards, phone calls or letters to be sent to any of their residents.
I decided to do this because the thought of being alone during these colder months and with Christmas looming nearer was something that really pulled at my heart. I have elderly relatives and I know how much just a quick message or visit means to them. So many elderly people don't have that luxury at the moment due to social distancing so I wanted to try and do something to help.
Since March, the ways in which people have reached out to their local communities and taken to the internet to try and forge digital communities has really inspired me to do something myself. I think in these bleak times if there is something we can do to bring a bit of light and hope to others then we can look back on this pandemic as a time when people came together and showed how great we can be.