The Letterbox Project
31st August 2020
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week:
The Letterbox Project is a letter writing initiative which sets out to bring meaningful connection to thousands of older or otherwise isolated Australians who are feeling lonely or isolated during COVID-19, connecting them with a network of letter writers, including families and school groups, wishing to send a little joy to older Australians through these tough times.
Connected AU’s Letterbox Project seeks to engage with older Australians who have been excluded from their usual social networks during COVID-19.
COTA Chief Executive, Ian Yates, said the Letterbox Project is an important initiative at a time when the rest of the nation is beginning to open up, but restrictions remain on visits in aged care homes and advice to older Australians is to be cautious and largely remain at home. “Meaningful social connection is central to everyone’s health and wellbeing, including older Australians,” said Mr Yates. “But older Australians living alone and those in aged care homes can often feel isolated at the best of times, let alone in the midst of a pandemic where they are encouraged to avoid company for their own safety.”
Mea Campbell, founder of the project, created it in memory of her late grandfather. “My thoughts during the initial stages of COVID-19 were of him, and of how distressing he would have found this experience; 95 years of age, living alone, no capacity to engage with technology. I realised there are so many other people in that experience and it led me to create The Letterbox Project, and then Connected AU.”
For further information and resources, please contact Coordinator of Student Wellbeing & Development, Mrs Yvonne West.