A new campaign by Picture News linked schools across the UK with care homes for their #HeartsForHomes campaign which ran between 1st-11th December.
Most care home residents have had a difficult year with visiting restrictions, coronavirus fears and ever-changing lockdown regulations. The #HeartsForHomes campaign aimed to reconnect residents with their community. Care Home residents passed a Christmas message to the younger generation, while Primary School children wrote their own message for the residents.
#HeartsForHomes – tackling isolation and loneliness
Many residents may be finding the run-up to Christmas challenging and could be feeling isolated and worried. The #HeartsForHomes campaign aimed to keep communities connected and bring some joy to residents during December.
Children and residents wrote their Christmas messages to each other on a heart. The hearts were placed in quarantine for 72 hours before a socially distanced exchange was arranged at the local care home.
“Our Picture News Assembly resource packs always get children talking, but we didn’t expect such a huge reaction to the isolation care home residents were facing during COVID-19. Children across the UK showed enormous empathy and love and were determined to help.
When Gee Cross Holy Trinity School began sending out hearts to their local care home, we were inspired us to roll out our #HeartsForHomes campaign to the 8000 schools we work with – so that every child and resident can benefit from giving or receiving a heart this Christmas.”
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