A branch of the Lions Club has granted funding to an award-winning initiative to combat loneliness in our care homes.
The East Midlands Phoenix Internet Branch Club have recognised the success of the postcard project, which at it’s height saw over 50 young people writing postcards to local care home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting certificates of appreciation to the young people from the Our Voice, Listen Up group, Youth Action, Young and Safe and the Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, the Lions praised the youngsters for their outstanding contribution to their local community.
Elaine Kitchen, East Midlands Phoenix Internet Lions Club, said: “Lions Clubs throughout the area are looking to recognise and support local volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community or cause.
“The East Midlands Phoenix Internet Branch Club are proud to present Certificates of Appreciation to young people from Our Voice Listen Up; Youth Action; Duke of Edinburgh and Young and Safe Team.
“These are all groups of young people who want to improve the lives of others, and their link with the elderly people in the care homes is a brilliant idea, particularly at this very difficult time. The Phoenix Lions Internet Branch Club are proud to nominate them for a Lions Community Contribution Award.”
Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, education and young people, said: “I’m thrilled for the young people involved in this project.
“Since the start of the pandemic they have been brightening the lives of so many of our care home residents, coming up with innovative ways to keep in contact and combat loneliness.
“The funding from the Lions Club will go towards creating handmade Christmas cards and decorations for the young people to send to the care home that they have been writing to.”