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.email@example.com
Consultation opens on Friday 15th October, closes on Friday 26th November 2021
Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with other providers, and professionals are committed to working together to build sustainable and quality services to improve the quality of life of older people who live in nursing or residential care homes.
Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale CCG are working in partnership, leading on a piece of engagement that will inform our work to build a sustainable model of older people’s care home provision across Calderdale.
It is important that we hear from residents, staff members/health and social care professionals and relatives/friends. Our aim is to gather as many views and experiences as we can so we have an understanding of what really matters to the people who live, work or have a relative/friend who lives in a Calderdale care home.
Please click here to take you to the survey that’s relevant for you to complete.
If you would like to know more information about this piece of engagement please contact Joanna Marshall, Commissioning Engagement Officer at Calderdale Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Calderdale is a wonderful borough in which to live and work. However, we are also aspiring to be a supportive and inclusive place to grow old.
There are wonderful things going on all over Calderdale to help people age well and stay healthy and happy for longer.
Join those who have celebrated the International Day of Older Persons by tweeting a photo of you holding up a statement to say, “I support the International Day of Older People’ and using the #agefriendlyCdale.
Some helpful resources for older people in Calderdale
If you are at or above pensionable age did you know you can get a Metro Senior English National Concessionary Pass which gives holders FREE off-peak bus travel throughout West Yorkshire and England as well as half fare off-peak rail travel in West Yorkshire.
For internet users or those whose family or friends can get online on your behalf, the quick, free and easy way to apply or renew a Senior Pass can be found online here.
If you don’t have access to the internet you can apply for or renew your Senior Pass at Bus Station Travel Centres… Find your nearest here…
“Eatwell and Livewell” is a service that supports older people, identified as having nutritional issues, whose health may be suffering as a result of being at risk of becoming underweight.
Age UK provide the service working alongside health professionals, including doctors, nurses and dietitians.
In order to benefit from “Eatwell and Livewell”, people should be: –
- Aged 50 or over.
- Be underweight and identified as requiring support – or at potential risk due to frailty.
- Want to learn to eat more nourishing food in order to improve their health and quality of life.
For further information call 01422 399830 or email email@example.com
Or if you would like to make a referral complete the referral form and return it to: Anne Cuthbert, Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees, 4-6 Square, Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ
More than a third of the UK population is over the age of 50 both nationally and in Calderdale. It is estimated that 1 in 5 older men and 1 in 10 older women are drinking enough to harm themselves.
Lifeline recognise that this group of the population have different needs as such and are delivering a project to specifically deliver key prevention messages across Calderdale, so that over 50’s become more informed to make choices about their alcohol consumption and are equipped to support their positive health and wellbeing in the future… volunteer today…
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, equipment has been purchased as well as tutor support in order to help older people get online.
Launching at the end of January 2016
At Hamerton Close, Westgate, Elland, HX5 0BD
If you would like to get online and you’re interested in learning more be sure to go along in the new year and get involved.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org