Contact the Elderly older guests have had a little extra sparkle added to their Christmas this year thanks to students in the Netherlands.
Students at Vitalis College in the Netherlands decided they wanted to do their part in tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people by writing Christmas cards to our older guests.
English teachers Marieke and Evelyn wanted their students to partake in a project that would help them improve their English and learn more about the situation that many older people face. The students are future nurses and social workers so it is a cause close to their hearts.
The completed cards were part of a larger project where students learned about Contact the Elderly, statistics about how loneliness affects older people and how regular contact can help them feel less isolated.
The hand written cards were delivered to group coordinators across South London, North Wales, West Yorkshire and Scotland to give out to the guests at their December tea parties.
Almost 400 cards were written by the pupils and so far they have put smiles on the faces many older guests who have received them.
Group coordinator Daphne said the older guests from her Newbury group were ‘delighted with them.’
As December tea parties continue to take place throughout the month, more groups will receive their cards.
See a selection of photos below and find out more about volunteering with Contact the Elderly here.