Community Senior Letters is a not-for-profit community project that matches schools to care homes so that students can write letters to lonely elderly residents to lift spirits and provide human connection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since care home visits are limited, the elderly residents are feeling lonelier than ever as they are isolated from the outside world, which is why it is so crucial during this time to keep in contact with those who are alone and more vulnerable. As well as combating loneliness and feelings of isolation the elderly may be feeling, it can teach the students valuable life lessons, such as compassion for those in vulnerable situations, selflessness as they carry out good deeds for the benefit of others, and to be mindful in these uncertain circumstances.
There are currently over 200 schools and over 190 care homes in 29 different boroughs involved in London, as well as various schools and care homes paired in other major cities such as Manchester, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Dublin.
The letter writing community has also started to expand globally, with schools involved in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. These schools are paired with care homes in the UK to improve language skills and to create an international and intergenerational letter writing community.
The team behind Community Senior Letters is also behind Community Senior Music, which we hope to continue once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.