Home Instead are asking children in local primary schools to join their second Santa-gram campaign by using their creative talents to design Christmas cards for elderly people in Calderdale.
Deadline to send your Santa-gram is December 3rd
Last year’s campaign was a fantastic success with over 1,000 Santa-grams delivered to more than 500 older people: both those still living at home and some care home residents.
According to Age UK, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for over 1.5 million older people, with those who have lost a loved one struggling the most.
After this most difficult of years with many clubs and church groups still cautious about meeting, this provider of home care to the elderly and the vulnerable decided to repeat their campaign to help relieve some of the loneliness felt by many elderly people across our community.
The Santa-gram campaign involves children at local primary schools creating Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks, puzzles or writing a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to their day. The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the first two weeks of December.
Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale will be working in partnership with local community groups and charities such as Age UK, Memory Lane Dementia cafes, local care homes and assisted living facilities for the elderly to deliver the Santa-grams in time for Christmas.
Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:
“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted. We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”
Here is one of the many comments we received last year about the campaign:
“Thank you so much for arranging for these (Santa-grams) to be sent out to us. The cards are so good with lovely artwork by the children. It has really cheered us both up. When we opened up the surprise we both got a very warm feeling inside and it really did make us smile. The jokes had us both laughing.”
Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 3 December If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, contact Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you aged between 9 – 25?
Do you live or go to school/college in Calderdale?
If so, please could we ask you to take part in this opportunity to have your say on helping shape local mental health services. The survey is open from Friday 7th February until Friday 6th March 2020. Please find the link to the survey here
The information gathered is confidential, meaning we can’t identify you from what you tell us.
We will use the information to help us further improve mental health services
for children and young people in Calderdale.
We, the young people’s Tough Times Reference Group, have released this survey during Children’s Mental Health Week. This is to collect views from all children and young people on emotions and mental health support with the aim to help shape and improve services. We would like everyone who takes part in this survey to know its anonymous, and the results will be shared with managers of services that will listen and take these results from this survey seriously.
We hope to get a 1000 voices and would appreciate everyone’s help to achieve this
Calderdale’s Young People’s Tough Times Reference Group
Part of Calderdale Open Minds
New workshops for children with visual impairments
To celebrate British Science Week on Sunday 15th March we’ll be running FREE workshops for children with visual impairments aged 7-11 to explore the solar system.
Join us for our Tactile Universe workshops and use 3D models and sensory activities developed by astrophysicists from the University of Portsmouth to explore the wonders of space and astronomy.
Children will get to create their own mini 3D models of the solar system to take home. Find out more on our website.
Places are free for visually impaired children aged 7-11 years and their families but must be booked in advance. Places are limited, so call Trizia on 01422 330069 or email email@example.com to book your place.
Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Tel: 01422 330069 or Visit our website
Enjoy a family gathering or penalty shoot out in Lower Valley with Sure Start summer activities for all the family next month.
Family Gathering on Friday 12 August – 10am to 12pm
All things fun One off event for children up to age 8 years at Whinney Hill Community Centre, Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, HD6 2NQ – Book by contacting the Training Team on 01422 266197
Penalty Shoot Out on Thursday 25 August – 10am to 11.30am
Fun for the entire family at this one off event suitable for children aged 2 to 6 at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AF – Book by calling 01484 714768
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