Care homes as a sector has been significantly impacted by Covid-19, from residents falling ill, to being separated from their loved ones. The young people at Scouts UK want to help with this, they usually help care homes throughout the year and feel that the current crisis shouldn’t stop that from happening. Over the next few weeks, they want to ‘care for care homes’ and are working with the British red Cross and the National Care Association to do 10,000 acts of kindness. Their aim is to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing of people in care homes.
These acts of kindness include crafts such as creating kindness rocks. This involves decorating and adding positive and kind messages to a stone or a pebble, then sending them care homes to boost morale. Scouts can also get in touch with care homes residents by writing letters or using video messaging to reduce isolation in care homes. Or they can take part in a ‘skill swap’, using letters, videos and photos to teach a care home resident a new skill.
Initiatives like these are really positive and uplifting to hear generally, but especially during these difficult times with the current Covid-19 crisis. Find out more about this initiative and how you can get involved: scouts.org.uk/careforcarehomes