Year six students at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School have found new ways to keep in touch with their older friends at Didsbury care village, Belong Morris Feinmann, sending residents thoughtful letters and pictures to keep spirits high during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The letters, which were delivered digitally to the village to avoid risk of handling paper copies, spread messages of reassurance and kindness, telling stories of how the children have kept positive during this challenging time, including baking with family, arts and crafts and lots of exercise in the garden.
North Cheshire Jewish Primary School is a place close to the hearts of many of Belong’s customers and carers, whose children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have attended or worked at the school at various times over the years.
The school’s connection to the care village dates back to the original Morris Feinmann Home on the Palatine Road site, with a long history of pupils providing musical entertainment for residents. More recent trips have seen the older and younger generations enjoy afternoons filled with picnics and storytelling, where they formed crucial bonds.
Belong’s experience coordinator, Angela Luckett, said: “Speaking with the children evokes many happy emotions and memories for our residents, especially those with a personal connection to the school, and we are all thrilled this has continued throughout the lockdown. We look forward to welcoming the students back to the village in person as soon as we can.”
Amanda Becker, staff governor and teacher at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, said: “Our school has a longstanding connection with Belong Morris Feinmann and students every year enjoy spending time with residents, sharing stories and singing songs. The letters are a great way for the children to keep in touch until we can be back together at the village again.”