During these exceptional times, we are learning to live a new ‘normal’ and whilst we have been asked to play our part and stay distanced, we are finding novel and creative ways to keep us closer and more connected than ever. Times have been tough with COVID-19, but it has also brought with it a feeling of community and togetherness.
Many people are reaching out to those who might be experiencing loneliness with an act of kindness. We too have been delivering acts of kindness to one another and seeing other people’s acts of kindness can really brighten up your day, so here are some of our favourites to boost your mood.
Postcards of Kindness
‘Postcards of Kindness’ is a project that asks people across the country to write and send a friendly postcard to residents of care homes. While some people living in a care home do have loved ones to stay in contact with during this time, others don’t, and this small act of kindness aims to bring joy to those that receive them.
You can search for your nearest care home online, or you can even post one through the letterbox of an elderly neighbour. Click here to find out more about this project.
Whether you know your neighbours or not, they would probably appreciate you checking up on them to see if they need a hand. If they fall in the vulnerable category and aren’t allowed outside, the likelihood is that they could need assistance with their shopping, or maybe even walking their dog.
Why not post a note through their letterbox to introduce yourself offering your phone number to ring if they need any help? If you don’t know your neighbour well, now is a good time to build a relationship which could last once lockdown is over.
Share a meal
Vulnerable and isolated people may need help when cooking for themselves, so why not take round a plate of your delicious home-cooked food? They may even benefit from it more if you freeze a portion so that they can heat it up at a later date.
The ‘Casserole Club’ is an initiative which connects people who enjoy cooking and who would like to share extra portions with older neighbours. If you want more information about the ‘Casserole Club’ please click here.
As a response to the current pandemic, Re-engage has launched a service of ‘call companions’ to provide a connection for the ‘older old’ (the average age of whom is 85). Many of their clients are living alone and struggling with extreme loneliness. Why not bring some light into their lives by volunteering to be a ‘call companion’ or you can help by just spreading the word of their services. Click here to find out more.
All of these acts of kindness are simple and heart-warming but yet practical as they can be completed whilst following the rules of social distancing. In the words of Vincent van Gogh, ‘great things are done by a series of small things brought together’.
If you feel that you would like to do even more for your community, and you enjoy working with people then a career in caring may be for you. A career in care can be very worthwhile and can turn into a rewarding and long-term profession. If you’d like to learn more about starting a career in care, visit our ‘vacancies page’ to find out more.