22 October 2020
Clients at Arcare Springwood received a delightful surprise ahead of Grandparents Day when a Logan City Council representative dropped off 100 personalised cards from the local community.
Ellen, Community Development Officer at Logan City Council’s Community Services, kindly reached out to Arcare Springwood and shared 100 cards with the clients.
As part of this year’s Grandparents Day celebration, Logan City Council invited primary and secondary schools, community hubs, community centres, and local playgroups to participate in this initiative.
Some of the schools participating include Harris Fields State School, Kingston East Occasional Childcare, Waterford State School, John Paul College, and Shailer Park State School.
After learning that seniors living in aged care and retirement homes tend to feel disconnected with their local community during COVID-19, Logan City Council’s community development team, together with Logan seniors network decided to help.
So, Council’s community development team invited younger generations to write cards to the seniors to make them feel especially cared for, loved and connected among their local community and the Logan seniors network has helped to give them away to the seniors.
‘Community for me is a place where people can find love, trust, support, encouragement, help, connection, inclusion. It is a place where people can lean on each other when times are tough and learn from and care for each other,’
‘In a supportive community, people lift each other up and care for each other and can find a sense of security, safety and belonging,’ Ellen shared.
It has been amazing to see the power of the written word on display as the clients were delighted to receive these cards for Grandparents Day.
‘This was such an unexpected surprise for Grandparents Day! Thank you to the kids for thinking of us and writing to us, it means the world,’ a client commented.
The teachers and principals of the schools also found this initiative meaningful for their students and shared with us that the students really enjoyed the activity.