Children are bringing smiles to older Australians with their glittery, colourful artworks, just in time for Easter.
Kids of all ages at preschools and daycare centres across Newcastle and NSW Central Coast, have been busily preparing Easter-themed drawings and paintings for older Australians who remain in isolation in their homes or at residential aged care facilities.
Wesley Community Visitor Scheme Project Officer, Dawn, who leads a team of volunteers who regularly connect with older Australians, is passionate about bringing a bit of Easter cheer to lift their wellbeing.
“I’m very aware that Easter might be a lonely time for people this year,” said Dawn. “This just gives them a little bit of joy – something to smile about. We all need something to smile about at the moment.”
Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Dawn, like many others, has reinvented the way she connects with the people she supports daily at residential aged care facilities and those in their homes who receive home care support. And sending kids’ artworks is just one of the many ways she’s reaching out to the 70 people within her care.
“Many of these people either don’t have those tools or the skill base to use Skype or Facetime, so it’s really, really important just to know that somebody cares,” Dawn said.
“If they know that somebody’s taken the time to do that for them, they realise they’re not alone and that can help put a smile on their face.”
Each artwork will be accompanied with a letter, written on behalf of the children, sending their thoughts and best wishes for the Easter season.