A Somerset care home has played host to the launch of a new letter writing initiate that aims to support lonely, isolated and vulnerable people in the community.
The scheme was launched at Frith House by voluntary organisation Women Who Write (WWW), which is currently operated by a group of women, but is seeking to recruit men and children.
The group harnesses the power of the written word and the joy of receiving a physical letter by reaching out to those in the local community who might benefit from additional engagement.
The delivery and collection service offers the scope to form a pen pal type arrangement, but replies are not required or expected.
According to Somerset Care, the residents of Frith House were “visibly thrilled” to receive their letters and enjoyed exploring the contents.
One of the core aims of the letters is to actively promote discussion, engagement and the opportunity to reminisce, and Somerset Care said the residents were delighted to share their correspondence with Frith House staff, volunteers from WWW, the Deputy Mayor and the Town Crier.
Vicki Mitchell, manager at Frith House, said: “The residents’ reaction to receiving something as simple as a handwritten letter was tangible. For writing to have that impact; the ability to bring happiness into someone’s life, to provide that moment of warmth, acceptance and sense of belonging is evidence enough that this is a truly powerful tool.”