Wait a minute Mr Postman ……

Ashley Gardens recently took delivery of a creative resource box from Ladder to the Moon called “The Post Box” this is the story of what happened next ….

They got creative of course!

The first step – who do we want to get in touch with and why? The outcome of this thinking has not only resulted in strengthening connections with the local community, but also an international flurry of contact, which has brought delight and a few surprises to everyone involved.

Postcards have been sent to residents’ friends and family in Russia, Greece, Italy and France, to funeral directors, local schools, the WI, other local care homes and …… they are beginning to receive replies!

This amazing and otherwise untapped level of contact and connection, sparked off the idea to create a visual journey for the home – they now have a large wall map of the UK and another of the World – every postcard received is displayed on the wall with a piece of cord running from the postcard to its location on one of the two maps.

Resident Penny Jones has been nominated “post lady” - she dons the post cap every morning and goes to check the Post Box made by residents for any new arrivals.

Penny Jones collects the post at Ashley Gardens

Penny Jones collects the post at Ashley Gardens