Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s first ever Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to seniors across the local area.
Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas. Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.
The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had nine local schools sign up to the campaign, receiving 696 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11. They also received a further 427 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed to seniors along with their cards.
Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.
The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to retirement homes, care homes, pharmacies, churches and community groups including Memory Lane Dementia Café and Calder Community Cares. The company also teamed up with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network.
Home Instead added one of their festive activity guides with every Santa-gram to give older people/recipients some puzzles, quizzes and other challenges over the Christmas period.
Alec Clark of Sowerby Bridge received a Santa-gram along with his home-delivered pharmacy prescription, and phoned Home instead just three hours after it was delivered to comment: “What a fantastic idea! I love the personalised Christmas card from a local school, it felt like it was sent by someone who knows me. Very personal!”
56 Santa-grams were distributed to residents at Copley Mill House and Threadneedle Court retirement living schemes, managed by social housing provider Stonewater.
Emma Tobin, Head of Retirement Living at Stonewater, added: “Home Instead’s Santa-grams initiative has been a great way to spread some festive cheer among the local community.
“Some people do not have the luxury of lots of family and friends around them, but lockdown restrictions have further heightened feelings of loneliness, isolation and separation for many people. So, having these Santa-grams to hand out to our residents has been a lovely gesture – thank you to all the children for creating the cards and getting involved.”
Margaret Rooker receives live-in care services from Home Instead, from caregiver Cathryn Frankland. Cathryn presented Margaret with her Santa-gram, along with a framed picture created by one of the children that took part in the campaign. She was absolutely delighted to receive the Santa-gram, which brought a smile to her face, alongside making her feel appreciated and remembered!
To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 476878 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/calderdale/
Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale supports older people to stay independent in their own homes.
For all the wonderful things that you do, here is a free Christmas Songbook film for Care Home residents and staff.
This film contains local musicians from Kirklees and Calderdale who have voluntarily sent Christmas song clips. These have been edited into a 50 minute songbook film to bring cheer and festivity during this time. The producers would like to let people know they are thinking about them, knowing how important music is with memory and connection especially at these times when musicians are unable to go directly to the residents.
The clip is on a private YouTube channel where only the Care Home managers or organisations can access it with a link provided and if they so wish and they can pre approve the film before showing.
Secure YouTube link for Care Home managers to access the film. https://youtu.be/YU-2HLTAlns
If you require any more information please email Sophie Jones at email@example.com
Proudly supported by
The musicians that volunteered their time.
Have a very merry Christmas x
Enjoy a delicious pizza this December and help to feed an RSPCA animal spending Christmas in shelter!
This Christmas, Leeds-based Italian restaurant LIVIN’Italy are donating £1 from every single Margherita pizza sale to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch.
The Restaurant hope that their Christmas campaign will help local animals in need find loving forever homes and of course, raise vital funds for the charity after what has been their hardest year due to the Pandemic.
The restaurant is still currently closed due to falling under West Yorkshire’s Tier 3 restrictions, however, the restaurant are offering a click and collect service so you can still enjoy a delicious restaurant quality Italian dinner at home or you can order their brand new ‘Twice Baked’ pizza’s online through ArrowFreshUK, simply place your brand order online, pop your pizza in the oven for a second time at home to enjoy a delicious treat! For every twice baked Margherita pizza ordered online LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK will donate 50p each to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford to help support the charity and the animals spending Christmas in their care.
Pictured above: Zena the kitten, who lost an ear and her tail after being hit by a car before arriving in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch.
Digital Fundraiser for the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch Fay Gibbons said “We’re so touched by LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK’s kindness to help fundraise and raise awareness for our Animal Centre this Christmas. It’s been an incredibly hard year for all local businesses and charities throughout the Pandemic, so we really hope that people will get behind this campaign and help brighten up Christmas for the animals currently looking for their forever homes this December. Every penny raised will go directly to the animals in our care just like Zena the kitten, who sadly lost her ear and tail after being hit by a car. We think it’s an amazing opportunity to support a local business and a local charity at the same time, plus, who doesn’t want to eat delicious Margherita pizza whilst knowing they’re helping cats, dogs and lots of small animals enjoy a magical Christmas as they await their forever homes!”
Pictured – the campaign will help brighten up Christmas for the charities current residents like Humphrey the cat and Tish the German Shepherd.
If you’d like to support the campaign you can order your click and collect pizza by visiting https://livinitaly.com/ or head over to https://www.arrowfresh.co.uk/collections/livin-italy-pizza to get your half-baked pizza delivered to your door!
The local RSPCA branch rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals every single year and rely solely on the generosity of their local community to help raise the funds needed in order to keep the doors of their animal centre open. Every penny raised will go directly towards caring for the animals in their care. This year, the branch are also running their annual Christmas Meal Appeal where supporters can donate the cost of a meal or treat to brighten up the festive period for their current residents! You can even select which individual animal you would like to buy a festive treat for here https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/christmas-meal-appeal. Or text XMASMEAL to 70085 to donate £1 today.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. This year the branch has rehomed 67 dogs, 115 cats and 34 small animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.
The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.
Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.
The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.
There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.
For more information and links to the download please visit: https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/santaschristmas-rescue and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.
Lead the Way are presently moving out of their old office at Threeways Sports Centre and have found some spare office furniture they no longer require.
Should you or your organisation require any office furniture, you are welcome to them.
Furniture will be given out on a first come, first served basis. You will have to arrange your own transport.
For enquiries please contact Lawrence Fear on 07796 993976 or email Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org
Given the loneliness many older people have experienced during the coronavirus pandemic, we are inviting local children to get involved in bringing them some Christmas cheer this year with our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign.
A Santagram for Seniors
The concept of the ‘Santa-gram’ is simple – we are asking children at local schools and nurseries to create Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks etc. or write a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to someone’s day.
Our Santagrams will be placed in either A5 or A4 envelopes and delivered to elderly people during the week beginning 14 December.
We are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 9 December 2020.
To arrange collection, contact Julie Ingham from Home Instead Calderdale on
t: 01422 292424
a: 14-16 Southgate, Elland, HX5 0BW