At Learning for the Fourth Age, we are proud to have been working on a small project to try and connect a care setting in Leicester with
Ashlands Care Village started receiving post from strangers in places as far away as New Zealand, Botswana and Canada in March 2020. Since then, hundreds of people from all over the world have sent their thoughts via letters to care home residents in Leicester.
Residents of Ashlands on Ratcliffe Road have appreciated feeling recognised and thought of in this way during the covid 19 pandemic – a time that has been particularly tricky for everyone living and working in care homes, as well as family and friends, particularly when they have been unable to visit.
People living at Ashlands have enjoyed getting postcards from different places all over the world, such as Switzerland, South Africa and the USA, which has also prompted numerous conversations about holidays, wildlife, weather and lots more too.
Above are just some of the post that has been received so far – staff have created a special display in the home to celebrate the way in which so many people thought of Ashlands at this time.
Thank you to everyone who sent a postcard, and to everyone who asked loved ones across the globe to contribute too.