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My Dear New Friend COVID-19 support

Coronavirus update 26/5/2020

The National Literacy Trust is pleased to support My Dear New Friend. The project encourages children to write letters to people living in care homes. You can download our introductory letter to find out more, or check out My Dear New Friend on Instagram.

Our research shows that writing letters makes children feel happy and helps them express their feelings. Children who write letters regularly are more likely to be more confident writers and have more positive attitudes to writing.

To take part, use the instructions below to help your child write a letter to a person currently living in a care home. They could write about their everyday life, or draw a picture of something important to them, like a pet or a favourite toy.

You can post the letter to your local care home using our easy cover letter template. Your child's letter will brighten someone's day, and might even get a reply! It's a great opportunity for them to make new friends despite social distancing, whilst practising their writing skills.

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