Young Healthwatch volunteers reaching out to care home residents

During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, some of our young volunteers thought it would be a good idea to reach out to care home residents by writing letters and becoming pen pals.

Their letters were sent, via email, to a number of care homes across Central Bedfordshire who were happy to take part in this project. Baycroft Care Home in Flitwick is amongst these.

Charley, Young Healthwatch volunteer writes:

I have learnt some new skills, such as cooking and playing the piano.

She then asks some questions:

If you were a teenager for the day, what would you do?

What’s your favourite song or movie?

We have had some lovely responses from residents at Baycroft Care Home in Flitwick

Marie, a resident at Baycroft Care Home, replies to Charley:

If I could be a teenager for the day, I’d like to be 16 I suppose, I’d find a boyfriend (Marie laughs).

My favourite song or movie? Look Charley, I am 97 years old, I have listened to many songs and watched many films in my time, I used to go to the pictures and watch musicals but I can’t remember what they are called, we are going back 70+ years (Marie laughs).

The Young Healthwatch volunteers are enjoying writing their letters, and it’s great when they get such wonderful replies. We are sure the pen pal friendships will continue to flourish and once this period of imposed restrictions is lifted, the young volunteers will visit in person.

Please stay safe and, for the time being, stay home to help the NHS.

2020-04-08T12:00:19+00:00 April 1st, 2020|2 Comments


  1. Jayne April 14, 2020 at 8:33 am - Reply

    What a fantastic thing to do Young Healthwatch Bedfordshire. I expect it really brightens up the day for those receiving your letters and hope you feel proud for the difference you are making.

    • Ellie April 16, 2020 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I really enjoy writing to them knowing how happy it will make them and I’m proud of myself for keeping them busy with something to do in this situation, even if it is just writing to me. Ellie

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