Two Bluebird Care branches operating in Surrey have created a book of poems to help tackle loneliness in the area.
The book features poems written by Bluebird Care customers and the wider community and is designed to lift the spirits of older people who are facing isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bluebird Care Guildford & Waverley and Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath have shared this story with HCI as part of our Good New Series, which launched in January to highlight the important contribution that care workers make to society.
Surrey residents of all ages were asked to write poems under the theme ‘what does care mean to you?’ as part of a competition that was launched in May.
Four winners, aged from nine to 92, received a £20 Hobbycraft voucher, and a special recognition prize of £10 went to 94 year-old Peggie.
All competition entries were then published in a book that was handed to Bluebird Care customers and carers.
Jade Grigg, care manager at Bluebird Care Guildford & Waverley and Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from our community and the emotive content of the poems we received. We decided to extend the deadline as poems kept coming in and, in the end, we simply could not decide on one winner. We felt that we had to grant multiple awards for bands of different age categories, in an effort to properly acknowledge and thank the poets for their participation.
“Everyone was very happy to receive the booklet and it has provided us with a focal point to discuss and communicate about what care means to us.
“We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all that participated, you are all champions to us – you have expressed care for all of us who work in care and, in doing so, you have redefined what care is all about.”
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