Redstart Connects with Yew Tree Cottage
The Redstart Primary School connects with local care homes during lockdown
The Redstart Primary School (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) pupils have teamed up with a local residential home near Chard, Yew Tree Cottage Residential Home, Hornsbury Hill, to spread some intergenerational joy during these difficult times.
Pupils have been busy writing letters to send to the residents of the care homes as a way to connect the community together. Pupils from years 4 – 6 have all been involved and have been busy writing personal letters. The letters have been involved in a quarantine process before being sent to stop the spread of the covid virus.
During the covid pandemic residential home residents have been unable to go on trips outside the care home and with visitor restrictions in place it has been very lonely times for nearly a year now. It is hoped the letters would have a positive impact on the well-being of the residents whilst giving the pupils letter writing experience, the knowledge that they are cheering the elderly residents up and the anticipation that their letter might get a response!
“We thought it would be lovely to reach out to residents in a local care home by writing letters to them. Children in school from Years 4, 5 and 6 have worked hard to compose beautifully written letters to brighten the day of people who may be feeling lonely during these times”. Miss Bendall. Deputy Head of School.
A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said ‘we are delighted to hear that The Redstart primary pupils are writing and sending letters to the local residential home and spreading some cheer during these difficult times. It is fantastic that the pupils are developing skills whilst doing such a good deed.’
Sarah Ambridge owner/manager from Yew Tree Cottage contacted the school to express their sheer delight at receiving the letters. Sarah said: “The residents are delighted and thrilled to receive and read the letters. It has put a smile on the resident’s faces. The letters all had outstandingly neat handwriting and some of the stories were fabulous, in particular stories about pets and siblings. It is a wonderful surprise and we are extremely grateful for the sentiment at this difficult time. The residents will certainly be responding and would be delighted if the children from The Redstart Primary could visit once covid restrictions have been lifted”.