Youngsters bid to bring smiles to community's most isolated

Fairfield Primary school have been writing letters and drawing pictures to send to isolated people i

Pupils in Felixstowe have been writing letters and drawing pictures to send to isolated people in their communities - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pupils in Felixstowe are hoping to reach some of the town's most isolated residents with a new project. 

Every student at The Federation of Fairfield Infant and Colneis Junior Schools will be corresponding with a resident who may have been left feeling isolated due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Funding for the project, known as Community Connections, has come from East Suffolk Council.

Daisy, Kieran and Lara. Fairfield Primary school have been writing letters and drawing pictures to s

Daisy, Kieran and Lara have been writing letters - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Linking with Felixstowe Helping Hands, another locally run initiative that was established to assist the people of Felixstowe whilst in isolation, all 653 pupils will either write a letter, or for those younger children who are still learning to write, draw a picture, in the hopes that they can bring a smile to someone’s day.

Harvey-Lee, Holly, Ivy-Rose and Elias. Fairfield Primary school have been writing letters and drawin

Harvey-Lee, Holly, Ivy-Rose and Elias with their letters - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Executive headteacher Mark Girling said: "We are so pleased to have been awarded the grant which will enable us to link with those in our local community who have been isolated over the past year.


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"One of our school core values is compassion, so by participating in the Community Connections project we are able to teach the children how compassion for others can be displayed in a practical way.

Thomas, Harriet and Lila. Fairfield Primary school have been writing letters and drawing pictures to

Thomas, Harriet and Lila share their letters and pictures - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

"We hope that the connections we make with the wider community will be of benefit to both the recipients of the letters and to our pupils, and we are looking forward to nurturing the links that we make."

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Speaking on behalf of Felixstowe Helping Hands, Darren Aitchison said:  "Felixstowe Helping Hands are really excited about the Community Connections project, we feel that receiving a letter or picture from one of the pupils will be a real boost for the isolated and lonely people of Felixstowe and surrounding villages.

"The inter-generational aspect of the project is really important, we have already had some very touching stories from the Social Befriending service we provide and we expect that this will provide even more.

"We have a great community in Felixstowe and projects like this can only improve this further. I would like to thank Fairfield and Colneis for all the hard work they have put in to bringing this project to fruition."

Lila. Fairfield Primary school have been writing letters and drawing pictures to send to isolated pe

Lila with her letter - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The children will write their first letters in time for the Easter break and will plan to write again during the summer term.

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