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Pen pal club to link generations


Children are being encouraged to join a pen pal club and write letters to older Novocastrians living in aged care.

Newcastle Federal MP Sharon Claydon has put out a call for kids to sign up for ‘Sharon’s Pen Pal Club’.

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,” she 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 she already had a growing list of seniors who wanted to sign up to help children practice their writing and build new friendships.

She added restrictions on social distancing and enforced isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic had led to people finding innovative ways to connect across the globe.

“While we can’t come together in person like we used to, I have great faith in the power of the community to get us through these difficult times,” Ms Claydon said.

“By signing up to my pen pal club, you can be a 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.”

Families can register to take part in the program by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling her office on 4926 1555.

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