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Christmas card joy

School children in Helston and Camborne in Cornwall have been coming together to make Christmas cards for Coastline Housing residents in a bid to bring a little happiness this year.

Colleagues at Coastline ran a Christmas card appeal that saw children from local schools and people in the local community being asked to make and share a card that could be given to a Coastline customer who might be experiencing loneliness this year.

They received just over 280 cards including 167 cards from Nansloe Academy and 89 cards from Roskear school.

These were packaged with a Christmas message of explanation from CEO Allister Young and addressed personally to customers at Miners Court in Redruth, Veor House and Trelawney Court in Camborne, Hens-Horn Court and Scotts House in Helston, Quentral House in Pool and Copper Close in Redruth. A number of cards were also delivered to Coastline’s involved customers.

Coastline Housing worked with teachers at Roskear School and Nansloe Academy to make the project part of the children’s Personal, Social, Health and Economic lessons (PSHE). The pupils talked about issues of loneliness and isolation due to the covid pandemic and how they could help make a difference.

The Year 4 class at Nansloe Academy then set up a video call with residents of Miners Court, Coastline’s Extra Care Scheme in Redruth, to speak first-hand to some recipients of the cards.

Jacob Burge, who teaches Year 4 at Nansloe Academy, said "This was a lovely initiative that we were happy to support; this linked well with our Year 4 PHSE curriculum where, at present, the children are discussing loneliness and how this can make us feel."

Justin Ricks, Community Navigator at Coastline Housing, added: “It was amazing to watch the children connecting so well over a video call with our Miners Court residents. They came up with an excellent list of questions to ask them and the conversation really flowed. It’s great to see an initiative that crosses the generations bring so much happiness on both sides, particularly after the year everyone has experienced in 2020.”

Miners Court residents Keith, Christine and Jan enjoyed talking with the schoolchildren and letting them know how fantastic their cards were. They were able to share stories about their own lives and childhoods with the pupils and talk about Christmas traditions and memories of their own.

All of the cards that were collected have been photographed and combined into a large Christmas mosaic that has been designed by a client of Coastline’s Homeless Service.