Students spread Christmas cheer to with cards for nursing homes

CROMPTON House Sixth Formers are spreading Christmas cheer by writing cards to residents of local nursing homes.

The pupils took part in this year’s Cards for Kindness scheme, a programme launched four years ago by Lancashire County Council to help counter the loneliness experienced by people in care homes.

Crompton House Sixth Form students wrote over 500 cards for residents at local care homes

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health Care Partnership reports that “loneliness is a growing problem among older people, and in care homes it can be a particularly difficult issue to resolve.

“Figures from Age UK show that 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and 60 per cent of people in care homes get no visitors at all.”

Writing more than 500 cards as part of the last session in this term’s PSHE programme, pupils at the Shaw school added personalised messages about what they enjoy at Christmas, with some including corny cracker jokes to raise a smile.

This year’s Christmas Cards for Kindness is focusing on the theme of ‘what warms your heart at Christmas’, inspiring students to share family traditions and favourite festive food.

The aim is to bring back happy memories for the nursing home residents, and spark conversation about the festive season.

Cards were delivered to care homes in Shaw, Royton, Oldham and Rochdale by Sixth Form staff

Mr Rich Smith, Head of Crompton House Sixth Form, said: “We were really pleased to take part in this year’s Cards for Kindness campaign and are planning for it to become a Sixth Form Christmas tradition.

“It was great to see our students so invested in writing the cards, especially the different messages included on each one.”

The cards were distributed to local nursing homes in Shaw, Royton, Oldham and Rochdale, with staff at the homes delighted to receive the packs of envelopes.

More information on the Cards for Kindness scheme can be found at: https://healthierlsc.co.uk/CardsForKindness

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