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Care For Care Homes

Care For Care Homes

Join The Scouts nationally in reducing the loneliness and improving the well-being of people in care homes as we collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness.

Care homes have been hit incredibly hard by the current global pandemic. That’s why over the next few weeks we’re asking our young people to collectively carry out acts of kindness to help residents in local care homes.

We’ve teamed up with a couple of local care homes so scroll down the page to see what acts of kindness you could do. If you want to take part create one of the items and get in contact with leaders to have your act of kindness delivered.

Learn more about the two local care homes by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

From crafts to letters, videos to swapping skills, our young people will help care home residents to feel less lonely and more connected during the current health crisis.

Choose your act of kindness

Decide what you can do safely from home that would both help a care home resident to feel happier and less lonely, but is also fun and challenging for you. Here are some suggestions:


Create Kindness Rocks


The world is very different at the moment and that can make some people feel a bit down. To help lift people’s spirits and show your community that we’ll get through this, create a kindness rock.

To create your kindness rock, find a smooth stone/pebble either in your garden. Make sure you’re not disturbing the ecosystem by removing the little rock you’ve chosen – this is why it’s important to never take one from a beach. Once you’ve got your rock you could either paint it or use suitable pens to decorate it. You might like to add:

  • A positive/kind message
  • A positive image (for example a rainbow, your favourite animal)
  • An idea for how to boost mental wellbeing, for example: read a good book
  • The Scouts logo

Once you’ve finished your rock, if you can, drop ask your parents to send a note to actsofkindness@1stfarnsfield.org.uk and we will arrange getting it to the Care Homes.


Send a Postcard


Sending a postcard is a great way to get in touch with your local care home. Your postcard should be positive, uplifting and happy. Introduce yourself, tell them things you’ve been up to whilst in isolation and what you’re looking forward to once restrictions are lifted. Ask lots of questions like what they enjoy doing, what they’ve been up to, their favourite song etc.

Use this handy Postcard Template to create yours. Why not draw a picture on the back too.

Once you’ve finished your postcards please ask your parents to take a picture and send it to actsofkindness@1stfarnsfield.org.uk. We will then deliver to our local care home.

Don’t include any of your personal contact details including any social media profiles. You should not be in one-to-one communication with another adult.


Draw a Picture or Take a Photo


Drawing a picture or taking a photo of your daily life is the easiest way to get in touch with your local care home. Your picture should be positive, uplifting and happy. Introduce yourself, tell them things you’ve been up to whilst in isolation and what you’re looking forward to once restrictions are lifted. Ask lots of questions like what they enjoy doing, what they’ve been up to, their favourite song etc.

Once you’ve finished your drawing or photo please ask your parents to take a picture and send it to actsofkindness@1stfarnsfield.org.uk. We will then deliver to our local care home.

Don’t include any of your personal contact details including any social media profiles. You should not be in one-to-one communication with another adult.


Write a Letter


Writing a letter is one of the easiest ways to get in touch with your local care home. Your letter should be positive, uplifting and happy. Introduce yourself, tell them things you’ve been up to whilst in isolation and what you’re looking forward to once restrictions are lifted. Ask lots of questions like what they enjoy doing, what they’ve been up to, their favourite song etc.

Once you’ve finished your letters please ask your parents to take a picture and send it to actsofkindness@1stfarnsfield.org.uk. We will then deliver to our local care home.

If you want a reply to your letter, please do not put your contact details on it but rather ask “it would be lovely to hear back”. The leaders will then arrange for a reply to be returned. Don’t include any of your personal contact details including any social media profiles. You should not be in one-to-one communication with another adult.


For the safety of our members all acts of kindness will be checked for personal information so please avoid putting that information on.

Our Partner Care Homes

We’ve partnered with two local care homes specialising in different care provision. See more details of what they have to offer below.


Edingley Lodge from Barchester Healthcare

Edingley Lodge (formerly Highfields) is one of our local care homes owned and managed by Barchester Healthcare, one of the largest premium care home providers in the UK. Providing care for people with physical disability, old age and sensory impairment.

They are always trying to support and engage with our local community as much as possible. Edingley have a variety of activities and events planned daily, that they invite local groups and organisations to attend. Their residents love to see new people in their home who participate and engage in events. However during the pandemic, they have had to place visits and events on hold. Hopefully it won’t be too long until things return to normal, although they have many online virtual activities and events happening daily, using technology such as Zoom and YouTube.

Edingley Lodge have facilities such as lovely café and garden areas and meeting rooms, which anyone can use to host any of their meetings. Their facilities would be made available FREE of charge, along with refreshments.

Unfortunately, the negative press is having its effect. Edingley Lodge is Covid free and is open as usual. Their staff are well equipped with PPE and they are here to help those in the local community that require great care. Be it; day care, respite care, permanent care or specialist dementia care.


Loreto Cottage Mapperley Plains

Loreto Cottage is a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities (Autism, Down’s syndrome,  non specific disabilities) on Mapperley Plains in Mapperley.
Loreto was opened in 1987 by a wonderful couple, who, having successfully opened another home (Órla House) for their daughter who has Autism, to live in with friends who also required support and care, they decided that more young adults needed to be offered the chance to have a comfortable home for life (if they or their families wanted it) where they could be encouraged to be as independent as possible, with unlimited encouragement and stability, in a safe, home from home environment.
Many, many years on, Loreto Cottage and Órla House continue to thrive. Most of the residents (who were all very young when they moved in) continue to live at Loreto (and Órla House), after more than 30 years. They are all loved and cared for dearly by a dedicated staff team , that have also been at the home a long time , most of them in excess of 10 years up to 30 years.
We feel blessed at Loreto to have wonderful gardens full of fruit trees surrounding the house with many areas to sit and relax .
During lockdown we have spent lots of time in the garden playing giant skittles or football , or relaxing , listening to one of the residents play his guitar. We have done lots of arts and crafts,  and we have done lots of baking.
What we have enjoyed most is going outside our front door with all the pots, pans and wooden spoons from the kitchen on a Thursday evening and making as much noise as possible, to say Thankyou to the NHS and all the key workers…. we broke a few wooden spoons !!
We now want to say a really big THANKYOU to you, 1st Farnsfield Scout Group for the wonderful ‘box of smiles’, a box full of amazing postcards , stories , beautiful pictures , crafts and painted pebbles. We loved all sitting together, excited , looking at all the wonderful things made for us. That box of smiles turned into a roomful of smiles, so THANKYOU.
We now have a lovely display on our wall and the prettiest plant pots around !
Take care everybody.
Love from everyone at Loreto Cottage. Xx


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls