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Excel and Exceed Centre’s Loneliness Awareness initiative

Last week it was Loneliness Awareness Week and the staff and students at Cygnet Hospital Bury’s Excel and Exceed Centre worked together to create posters, poems and cards to be shared with the residents of an elderly person’s residential home in the local area.

The aim was to cheer up some of the elderly residents, who may be feeling isolated due to not having family visits and possibly shielding for a number of weeks. Evidence demonstrates the positive impact on mental health and wellbeing of acts of kindness and the long lasting effects on self-esteem.

The young people produced some lovely work and one young person went with two of the staff team to the local home, Epworth Grange, to pass on the work whilst taking care to observe social distancing. The work was received really well, with one staff member at Epworth Grange complimenting the young people on their “wonderful work”.

“It is very humbling to know that even those who have their own needs can take the time to create beautiful messages for those who they know will be lifted by them at this difficult time.”Staff member, Epworth Grange

The Excel and Exceed Centre are going to explore ways in which they can visit the home with some young people in the future to do activity sessions as they feel it would be really beneficial for both the elderly residents and the young people. The young person who attended really enjoyed the experience and said they would like to visit the home once Covid-19 was over.

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