In these times of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever to share kindness, connection and support in our communities where we can – and the children at our centres are doing just that.
At Headstart Oatlands, the children have been hugely concerned about residents at the local nursing home who they visited regularly until such visits were banned to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Missing their friends at the home and worried that they might be sad and lonely, our Oatlands children have been busy writing letters and making drawings that are delivered to the home once a week.
The pen pal system is making a huge difference for young and old with the children’s efforts bringing lots of smiles and joy to the aged care residents and children getting just as much pleasure from receiving their replies.
It’s not quite the same as a visit in person but it’s bridging the gap and keeping spirits up until we come out the other side of this crisis.
There’s a real sense of community as each of our families navigates their way through the new normal of social distancing and self-isolation. The community pantry at Oatlands has been warmly welcomed with families giving what they can and taking what they need.
Headstart Bella Vista
The swap and go pantry at our Headstart Bella Vista centre is proving equally popular, where families with something to spare have donated items that others have found hard to source.
There’s nothing nice about a pandemic but the community-wide effort to beat COVID-19 is bringing out the best in people. Our children included.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.