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11th May 2020

Stanley Grove Primary Academy students ‘bring sunshine to a cloudy day’ for residents of a Stockport care home:  Julie Farmery, a Year 1 teacher explains how.

Our students who are currently in school have been keeping busy by spreading joy to others in the community and we could not be prouder of the thoughtful ways they have been sending their support.

Our group of 4-11year olds decided to write some letters to residents of Richard House Care Home in Stockport after I was chatting to them about my mum who lives there.  They wanted to do something to ‘make people smile’ to let them know that others were thinking about them. They have drawn some beautiful pictures to decorate the cards while carefully writing kind messages and practising their handwriting.

In the past, my mum has been welcomed into our school community visiting twice a year to watch our shows and say hello and it’s been incredibly tough for us all to social distance, even though we recognise it’s vital.  I know through chatting to the carers at the home that it has been a challenging time mentally for residents.  When my mum received one of the cards she simply said: “This has brought sunshine to a very cloudy day.”  Her friends have also been delighted to receive the messages and it has given them all something to chat about. 

We’ve also donated some craft resources to help keep everyone busy and by letting residents know others are thinking of them, the students have lifted people’s moods and even provided a bit of humour through their messages.  We’ll be keeping the messages going and the children have also started another project – providing virtual hugs to vulnerable adults through Making Space, a health and social care charity.  By taking part in these activities we’ve also be able to have some important conversations about good mental health and wellbeing, checking in on the children themselves. 

Tracey Ward, Acting Head of School at Stanley Grove Primary Academy, says: “The children have put everything into creating these cards and we are so proud to see them acting out our BFET values, showing passion, integrity and care for community. Even throughout these difficult circumstances they are reaching out to others.”