We have teamed up with the charity Foodshare to encourage schools to visit residential care homes this Christmas. It is a Values-in-Action project.
The goal of the campaign is for schools to help address loneliness in the community and to develop a stronger sense of community.
It also has a potential impact on breaking the cycle of poverty. This is where children born into poverty are far more likely to live in poverty as adults.
The charity Foodshare runs a foodbank. We understand that around one-third of the people who are referred to them for help do not collect their food. It is part of a cycle of shame that prevents people from accepting help even when they most need it. This campaign was designed to help reduce the sense of shame. When parents see the normality of their children helping people who are lonely, frail or otherwise disadvantaged, it should help to reduce their own sense of shame in accepting help from their community.