Carers promoting positivity during pandemic

by Amy Rohu
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Carers from The Great Care Co-op, Dalkey, have launched a new community engagement initiative in the form of a postcard campaign, writes Amy Rohu.

The aim of the campaign is to spread positive messages to help combat the loneliness and isolation many people have experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The postcard, which is designed on biodegradable seeded paper, can then be planted in the ground.

Speaking about the launch, Danielle Neilson, carer with The Great Care Co-op said: “Many people are feeling lonely and isolated due to Covid, particularly older people, and many people in the community have stepped up to help. We want to foster this community spirit. The intention is to send a message of gratitude to a loved one or neighbour that has been helpful or kind to you throughout the pandemic. The postcard can then be directly planted into the ground or into a pot and you can watch it grow into a living message of love and thanks, which can be nurtured and treasured. People can share these images with us on our Facebook page. Anyone and everyone can get involved. People can get in touch with us for more info”.

The Great Care Co-Op, which provides care in peoples homes, is a new approach to home care in the community and was established by migrant home care workers in July 2020. It is a not for profit social enterprise with all profits being reinvested into the business. Their aim is to provide great care for those who need it as well as fair working conditions, pensions and training for their staff.

To find out how you can get involved with the postcard campaign and for more information, see www.tgcc.ie.

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