The residents at North Shields-based Appleby Care Home have enjoyed reading and admiring kind messages and hand-drawn pictures sent to the home by members of the local community.

The team at Appleby Care Home invited members of the public to send postcards to residents as part of a new campaign to help combat social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the fantastic generosity of everyone that got involved, our residents could not contain their happiness as they spent an afternoon reading through an array of postcards, letters and pictures that were sent to the home.

Engaging with the local community is a vital part of the activities programme at our homes as it not only helps residents to share their personal memories and experiences, but it also helps our residents and staff learn about each other’s lives and interests in more details. Our homes regularly launch campaigns to engage with the community allowing our residents to take part in a variety of different activities and experiences. These have proven extremely popular in recent years.

Community Kindness

Speaking of the postcard campaign, Clare Leonard, home manager at Appleby care home, said: “Because our residents are amongst the most vulnerable in society and we want to ensure their safety and wellbeing during this difficult time, our home has been closed to visitors.

“The campaign has been a wonderful way to keep in touch with people and it was great to see our local community send postcards, letters and even drawings to help keep our residents involved and engaged with the community.”

We are still welcoming letters, pictures, and postcards for our residents. If you would like to join in and send something simply email or post to Appleby Care Home, Military Road, North Shields NE30 2AB


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