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Create to Connect

Create to Connect, Day 3 – Pen to Paper

Arts in Care Homes champions arts and creativity in care homes and provides accessible resources for anyone who wants to organise arts activities with older people. Over 70 care homes across the UK have already been linked up with pen pal partners in their Only Connect project. Now they’ve launched a digital version of Only Connect, and you can get involved as a volunteer pen pal here.

Do
Create a postcard pen pal! Think of someone you want to connect with, it could be someone you know, or you could connect with someone new in your community. Do you have any older neighbours or local organisations who might like to receive positive messages? Put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboards, and write to your pen pal. Invite them to respond, and continue your pen pal partnership. You could add pictures, doodles and colour to your postcard.

Here are some example postcards from the Only Connect pen pals! You can volunteer to be a pen pal here.

If you have more time …
Suggest an art or poetry exchange to your new pen pal. You could send a self portrait, a sketch of the view from your window, or write a poem and ask for one in return.

Think
What does it feel like to receive a thoughtful message? How do people connect with eachother using words and pictures?

Share
Share your work in a way that works for you – online or offline. You could join our friendly Facebook group, keep a journal, share in a WhatsApp group, with your friends and family, or on social media. The choice is yours.

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