Nationwide Pen Pal Scheme Links Youngsters With Oldies

In what has the potential to introduce the next generation to the wonders and joys of writing and sending cards and letters, a new initiative has launched that aims to partner nursery and primary school children with care home residents of the same name in what hopes to be the nation’s biggest pen pal scheme.

The pen pal scheme hopes to help children develop their letter writing skills.
The pen pal scheme hopes to help children develop their letter writing skills.

The initiative, dubbed ‘Letters from a Namesake’, aims to bring together two different generations, allowing them to share experiences and life stories. Launched by the nation’s biggest supplier of name tags and labels for schools and care homes, My Nametags (www.mynametags.com), the educational scheme will help develop children’s letter writing skills, while tackling loneliness among care home residents.

My Nametags is currently appealing for nurseries, schools and care homes in all parts of the UK to come forward and sign up if they are interested in taking part.

It is hoped the scheme will help combat loneliness in elderly people.
It is hoped the scheme will help combat loneliness in elderly people.

Lars B. Andersen, managing director at My Nametags, said: “The way the scheme will work is we will match people and children with the same names. For example, a ‘Mary’ from a local nursery will be given the opportunity to write to ‘Mary’ in a residential care home and vice versa. No personal details will be shared as all the letters, pictures and drawings will be sent to us and passed on directly. We’re excited to be launching the scheme, and hope that it will help the local community enormously by bringing these two very different generations together.”

Nurseries, primary schools and residential care homes wishing to take part can register their interest by contacting Mynametags@energypr.co.uk or calling 01993 823 011.

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