linkedin
Northampton: 01604 633234
Milton Keynes: 01908 014320
Bedford: 01234 987072
Northampton: 01604 633234
Milton Keynes: 01908 014320
Bedford: 01234 987072

Register with us here

You can register by: contacting us on 01604 521055, or by clicking the button below to complete our online registration form.

Why choose us?

The Staff Room is the region's only specialist Primary supply teaching agency, covering Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire.

First for primary teaching jobs in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

School Children's Postcards

Primary School Children Tackling Lonliness in the Elderly

Here is a link to a beautiful video article that I saw recently on BBC Education News, Gloucester. Primary school pupils from a school in Gloucestershire have been sending handwritten postcards to the residents of local care homes in a bid to tackle lonliness and isolation in the elderly.

It prompted me to look into lonliness in older people and it shocked me to learn that so many elderly people feel completely cut off from society leading to a serious effect on our health including depression, sleep problems, hypertension, mental health problems to name a few. It also saddened me to read that many older people fail to reach out or talk about lonliness and isolation as there seems to be stigma attached to the subject.

According to Age UK:

  • 3.6 million older people within the UK live alone with over 2million of those people being over 75
  • 1.9 million older people feel ignored or invisible
  • Lonliness can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

It's amazing to see a small gesture, such as the above post card, have such a huge positive effect, not only the elderly residents, but also the children writing the postcards. It can also help to bring the community together, help repair and improve inter-generational relationships within society whilst bringing a smile to someones face!

If you are affected by anything in this article please find links to some helpful websites below.

What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear from you! Please e-mail your comments to [email protected]

To watch the video article please follow the link below.

To watch the BBC article “Stroud school children send postcards to elderly people” please follow this link:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-gloucestershire-51210222/stroud...
Video journalist: Kathryn Emerson
Photo Credit: istock
The figures used within the article were taken directly from the Age UK website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/ 

 

Helpful links:

NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/loneliness-in-ol...
Age UK - https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/

 

Latest News

Primary education articles
UPDATE COVID-19
<none>: Update on Coronavirus - 25 March 2020 Click for...
Link: view
World Book Day Competition Winners...
<none>: WORLD BOOK DAY COMPETITION WINNERS 2020 Huge...
Link: view
Contact Us!
<none>:
Link: view
February Half-Term
<none>: February Half-Term 2020 The February half-term is...
Link: view

The Staff Room is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

© The Staff Room 2016 | Web Design by 1PCS

Contact Us

Victory House, 400 Pavilion
Dr, Northampton,
NN4 7PA

CBX2, 372 Midsummer
Boulevard, Central Milton
Keynes, MK9 2EA
(appointment only)

8a Mill Street
Bedford, MK40 3HD
(appointment only)

Get In Touch

The Staff Room Ltd are committed to protecting your privacy and shall only use the information you provide on this page to respond to your enquiry.

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
9 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.