The scheme came about at the beginning of Covid 19 as a request from a local care home who were looking for ways to alleviate some of the isolation and loneliness faced by it’s many residents who were unable to meet their friends and family. The Care Home and Founder of Give…Sharron Wilkinson came up with the idea of letter writing!
In the first instance, they were matched up with Clems Garden volunteers https://www.clemsgarden.co.uk/ whose ethos is all about flowers, community and kindness.
The idea of words/letters being shared with others to help reduce feelings of isolation just seemed right at this present time (and really, who doesn’t love a letter landing on their doorstep or a personal email sent to them?)
The idea of letter writing was spread wider and the response has been phenomenal. Some, who found the joys of letter writing for the first time, some seasoned writers, all putting pen to paper, keyboard to monitor.
People have shared their love of books, the great outdoors, musicals, travel, reading, sport…and many other things.
Give… came to be, due to the grateful support from Focal (which is all about community) https://www.facebook.com/focallindley/ and funding from One Community and the NET (National Emergency Trust) Fund. Not forgetting the incredible support from many many others who have given kindness and time for free. This project is currently being run on volunteer power.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we will not forget you. You will always be in our hearts”
Care Home to volunteer letter writers
So from me to you, thanks for taking the time out to visit this page and I really hope you will would like to join me and many others by getting involved and see how a few words can make a huge difference to many people’s lives.
Sharron Wilkinson x