Residents at Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge have been sending postcards to care home residents across the country, starting a conversation that will hopefully grow into more.

 Set up to tackle isolation and create some companionship between care homes in the UK, the Postcards of Kindness campaign sees residents from homes across the country writing to one another and building friendships.

Residents at the Tudeley Lane care home recently joined the campaign, writing to other care home residents to chat about anything from their hobbies to the weather. They were thrilled to receive some postcards back and are looking forward to progressing and developing friendships.

For some residents the art of writing to a friend proved very nostalgic, as many of them had pen pals in their younger days and always enjoyed writing letters to loved ones.

Kate Samuels, Social Activities Facilitator at Barnes Lodge said: “I heard about the campaign on Heart Radio and thought it would be a great initiative for our residents to get involved with. I joined the Facebook group and within days, we had our first postcards! We’ve been writing back and sending postcards to other care homes, so I’m hoping we can develop some friendships and receive even more from all over the country.

“Sending a postcard may seem like such a small gesture but it can bring so much joy to the residents, as well as prompting some conversation amongst them.”