Have you discovered the joy of letter writing?

Our tenants have joined a letter-writing community and are rediscovering the joy of letters.

During the past year of lockdowns and isolation, we have spent more time than ever on screens. Technology provided an instant way to keep in touch with loved ones that we couldn’t see in person, helping us to stay connected.

Meanwhile, receiving physical post remains a treat. It’s a joy to receive and read a letter, in a way that can’t be replicated by email. As screen fatigue takes hold perhaps now is the time to embrace letter writing and revel in the joy of writing – and receiving – post.  

We received an invitation from Community Senior Letters to join their project. It matches older people to schools and other letter writers all around the world.

Their aim is to uplift spirits and put a smile on people’s faces during tough times. Many elderly residents are feeling lonelier than ever, which is why it’s so crucial to keep in contact with those who are alone or vulnerable. 

As well as combating loneliness and feelings of isolation the elderly may be feeling, letter writing teaches students valuable life lessons, such as compassion for those in vulnerable situations, selflessness as they carry out good deeds for the benefit of others and being mindful in uncertain circumstances.

Community Senior Letters

We love receiving letters and have had post from 15 year old Harry, 11 year old Shreeyansh as well as secondary school Geography teacher Chloe. It’s lovely to hear about their lives – and laugh at Shreeyansh’s jokes (What sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches? A nervous wreck!).

Letters received at Beamsley House, Eastbourne

Eight reasons to write a letter

The great thing about the letters is the joy they bring – mainly hearing the letterbox and finding something that isn’t a bill! Knowing that the writer has spent time and effort to write the letter is valuable. It’s not to be rushed, it’s not ‘right now’ and there’s something comforting about that. There are many reasons to give it a go:

  1. Handwritten letters are personal and thoughtful
  2. They have the capacity to bring joy, a gift of words
  3. Handwriting is mindful, a stress reliever
  4. Letters can be creative and colourful
  5. Writing forces you to slow down and take your time
  6. Letters bring deeper connection, from the time and thought involved
  7. They are valued, due to physical and emotional connection
  8. Letters are important keepsakes, a snapshot in time

Letters hold a special place in all our hearts. It’s lovely to keep old letters and cards from loved ones and friends – will we feel the same about old emails in the future? Will we even be able to access old emails to read?! The observations and notes we share digitally cannot be easily filed away and unearthed by those who come after us.

Get involved – write a letter!

Anyone can write a letter, so why not get involved. You don’t need perfect handwriting, embrace your own style. If you make a mistake, cross it out. The important thing is that you have taken the time to put pen to paper.

Not sure what to say? You could send a letter to say thank you or congratulations or send one just because you are thinking about someone special. Tell them about your day or about some of the things that you have read or seen.

Write like you’re having a conversation, in the same way you would talk to the recipient. Put yourself in the letter – it will brighten their day, and it will brighten yours, too.

Letters received at Cadogan Gardens, Tunbridge Wells

Holdenhurst time capsule

A letter is like a mini time capsule, preserving our thoughts and emotions on the page.

This month, we are launching a time capsule initiative to celebrate the opening of our affordable rental development Holdenhurst – and we are inviting the local community to get involved.

The time capsule will be buried under a Monkey Puzzle tree on the Holdenhurst site in Heathfield in May. It will include items that help tell the story of the area past and present, as well as objects that represent what it is like to live in modern Britain today. We’ll invite schools, community groups, businesses and residents of the town to contribute content and ideas.

Would you like to get involved, perhaps write a letter? > Contact us