Over 200 Contact the Elderly guests received special Christmas cards from Dutch students this December. As guests from across the UK attended their December tea parties, the cards added some extra Christmas cheer.
The cards were written by students from Vitalis College in the Netherlands. The students are a range of ages and are preparing for careers in areas such as nursing and social work, meaning they feel a strong connection with Contact the Elderly and our work with older people.
By writing Christmas cards, the students can improve and practise their English and also consider the effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and wellbeing. This is the second year running that the students have kindly taken the time to write cards to our older guests and they were very much appreciated by all.
Groups which have received Christmas cards range from South-East England, Essex and Scotland. The project was organised by teachers Marieke and Evelyn, who taught students about what Contact the Elderly does and why our work is so vital.
Christmas is a time of year which can heighten feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Many older people might not receive any Christmas cards at all, so gestures like these make a huge difference.
If you know an older person, aged 75 or over and living alone, who would benefit from joining a local tea party group, then you can refer them to our service.
See some photos of guests and students enjoying the project below: