Community receives care letters from students

Community receives care letters from students

Health and Social Care students are practising just that - by writing letters of support for vulnerable members of the community during lockdown.

Stockport College set up the scheme in partnership with Stockport Council in order to support residents who feel isolated during the Covid-19 lockdown.

In her first letter, final year student Emma Heimes shared that the hardest part of lockdown for her was the lack of freedom to see family and friends.

The former Stretford High School pupil would like to be an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate when she qualifies from Stockport College with her BTEC in Health and Social Care.

Emma said: “I wanted to take part in the hope that I would be able to help some people through isolation. There are many people out there who are missing their families, or don't have families. I hope by exchanging letters with three of these people, I will help decrease any loneliness they may feel.”

All mail is screened to comply with strict safeguarding procedures, with letters from students printed and posted by the College’s Student Engagement Lead Michelle McLaughlin who sends the replies back, scanned into email.

Michelle said: “The College has been working closely with its partners in the local community to find ways in which students and staff can help during the current crisis, and supporting people who are in lockdown who feel isolated came high on the list.

“As well as the residents benefitting from this scheme, students will also be able to exercise their insight and empathy in being a support mechanism for some of our most vulnerable, and gain more of an understanding of the importance of civic responsibility.”

Cllr Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education, said: “In this unprecedented time, it has never been more important for local organisations to support each other in our efforts to reach out to the communities we serve.

“Innovative ways to engage with our community and make connections with people who feel socially isolated makes a huge difference to people’s lives.”

Members of the community who would like to receive a letter from our team of students can contact Michelle McLaughlin at studentengagement@tcg.ac.uk.