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A recently launched pen pal initiative brings the beauty and value of handwritten letters to the residents of Canal Vue Care Home as they strike-up friendships with people in the local community.

The brainchild of Canal Vue Care Home Activities Coordinator Naomi Allsop, Naomi reached out on a local community forum launching her pen pal initiative requesting contact from people to cheer up residents with a letter.

The response has been huge! So much so sister care home, Park House in Bulwell, is now taking part in building relationships with individuals eager to support their fellow community members with thoughtful letters full of positive messages.  

One huge and unexpected benefit has been how the initiative has contributed to the homeschooling conundrum. Parents who are now home schooling their children have embraced the opportunity to engage, seeing it as a valuable lesson for their children in developing their handwriting, spelling, and communication skills.

A sample from a recent letter illustrates how much children are learning:

“My name is Patrick, I am 85 years old and a former Mayor of Eastwood, I was also made freeman of the borough of Broxtowe 5 years ago. I grew up in World War 2 so there wasn’t many toys around, we had books, whip and top was probably a favourite but mostly we made our own games.”

Activities Coordinator, Naomi Allsop, at Canal Vue Care Home says: “The humble letter is making a huge impact here, the importance of which cannot be underestimated. When our face-to-face connection to people has been removed the power of words has become even more important to us. Imagine having the ex -mayor of Eastwood as your pen pal! There is so much to learn, children today will have no idea children had no toys during the war. There’s real value in the pen pal relationship and we hope this remains a permanent fixture in our residents’ day to day activities.”

Canal Vue Care Home is a covid-safe place to live. It is a purpose built modern residential care home designed to provide the very best in residential care and respite for older people. Situated in a scenic and peaceful canal side setting, the home offers convenient access to Ilkeston railway station or the M1 and is less than 7 miles from the centre of Nottingham. Managed by a highly skilled and experienced team of carers, comfort in a safe caring environment awaits you with a very warm welcome.  www.eastgatecare.co.uk