29 October 2021

Pandemic Penpals – Arcare residents interview on Studio 10

Coinciding with World Grandparents Day on Sunday the 31st of October, Arcare collaborated with Mum Central and families across Australia to help foster intergenerational connection through old fashioned letter writing.

‘Over the past 18 months, Mum Central have seen first-hand how much Australian kids are struggling through lockdowns. We see it every day in our homes and across our online community of over 840,000 parents. Through the personal stories, the daily struggles and our parents voicing their fears about how lockdown life through this pandemic is impacting their kids. That’s what drove us to launch Pandemic Penpals.

We see our kids bored, creative ideas to keep them entertained and off the screens slowly drying out, and patience wearing thin. We see it first-hand, right before us, as we battle through the lockdown boredom and social isolation together as a family.

Aged care residents are one of the hardest-hit communities for lockdowns, social isolation and simply missing out on the little things that we used to take for granted.

They are missing out on watching their own grandkids grow simply because they are in lockdown. And it’s not just the grandkids they are missing. It’s social interaction. Going to the shops, out restaurants or simply taking a stroll in a park.’ – Mum Central.

Take a look at the video interview on Studio 10 with residents Judy and June as they discuss more about this gorgeous project with a mother of some of the young participants and Mum Central CEO Belinda Jennings.

Whether we are connecting through in person visitations where restrictions allow, or through virtual calls, it’s a special day to celebrate the intergenerational stories at Arcare – Happy Grandparents Day!

Find out more about the vibrant daily life at Arcare here.