The Fulwood community has rallied around our Festive Friends campaign, which culminated in a week of spreading joy to the lonely and elderly.
The Christmas campaign, which was launched early November, aimed to involve the S10 community in collecting cards and donations for care home residents after figures revealed which areas in S10 that are most at risk for loneliness within elderly people.
Personal handmade cards and gifts were donated by Fifth Sheffield Brownies of Wesley Hall, Nethergreen Infant and Junior school and S10 residents to the people of Darwin House and Porterbrook care homes.
Each child was matched with a resident from a care home to design them a custom drawn card with a unique seasonal message.
Campaign Coordinator, Marta Flakiewicz, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the turnout of the campaign.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved, opening the cards and gifts brought so much Christmas cheer to the homes.
“In times when loneliness is rife within the elderly, it’s so important to keep them involved in the community.”
According to Age UK, the number of people over 50 experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025. This predicts a 49% increase in 10 years, as their 2016 survey found 1.4 million people suffering from loneliness.
Loneliness can leave elderly people feeling isolated, struggling with unmet social needs and can even impact their physical health and mental health.
To combat loneliness in the care homes the volunteers of the campaign collected over 150 cards and more than 42 donations for residents at the care homes.
The cards included drawings, festive jokes and stories as well as Christmas wishes in hopes of making the elderly feel more included in their community.
Cards from Nether Green Junior School
Beth Leach, the Activities Coordinator at The Porterbrook care home, said: “It’s great for the residents to have someone different come in and interact with them. They love to talk.
“What you guys are doing is great. Thank you on behalf of The Porterbrook care home and the residents.”
Thank you to everyone who got involved in our campaign, we are proud to be your S10 community newspaper.