Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon has put out a call for Newcastle kids to sign up for ‘Sharon’s Pen Pal Club’ and write letters to an older Novocastrian living in aged care.
Ms Claydon said she had launched the program to benefit young and old Novocastrians in the face of increased restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Residents in aged care are becoming increasingly isolated and vulnerable, while many kids are home from school and at a loose end,” Ms Claydon said.
“The aim of the program is to unite aged care residents who may be feeling less connected than usual and children who are in need of stimulation and writing practice.”
Ms Claydon said families could register children to take part in the program by sending an email to Sharon.Claydon.MP@aph.gov.au or calling her office on 4926 1555.
“I’ve already got a growing list of seniors who have signed up to help children practice their writing and build new friendships.
“I’d encourage all families who want to help their kids learn and get a new perspective on life to get in touch with me today.”
Ms Claydon said the restrictions of social distancing and enforced isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic are leading people across the globe to find innovative ways to connect.
“While we can’t come together in person like we used to, I have great faith in the power of community to get us through these difficult times,” Ms Claydon said.
“By signing up to my Pen Pal Club, you can be part of a community effort to help keep older Novocastrians connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. No Novocastrian should be left feeling alone right now, so take a moment to sign up and become a pen-pal today.”