A little bit of joy in the post goes a long way

Over 120 connections have been made through creatively crafted envelopes posted out to isolated people during lockdown – and more people are being encouraged to join in even as we ease out of lockdown.

This is a story of simple action on loneliness and isolation in Coventry by community organiser Jen and her son Noah.

Pre-pandemic, Jen spent her time bringing people together to create solutions to loneliness and isolation. Then, we were all told we must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. To stay apart indefinitely.

Jen and Noah recognised that although technology helps many people connect, not everyone can access it. So they made Envelopes of Entertainment – thoughtful packages of puzzles, jokes, quizzes and creative ideas delivered through the post. To ensure isolated people were not forgotten.

Man sits alone on drive
Not everyone can or wants to access technology to keep in touch

Over 120 people have received one so far but we need your help! Here’s how:

  • Tell us about anyone who could benefit from a few smiles and we’ll send out an envelope.
  • Volunteer some time to join in and create your own Envelopes of Entertainment!
Noah crafting online
Noah hard at work

Email: jcooke@grapevinecovandwarks.org

Jen’s project is called Building Connections, a community-led movement against loneliness in Coventry jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Film made by Gareth Withers.