Community Action – Phase 2

Phase 2 of an octant should take at least 12 hours to complete, it can be a continuation of Phase 1 or something new. For my Phase 2 I continued a project I had enjoyed starting in Phase 1.

Phase 2: Post Pals Monthly Projects and Fortnightly Writing

From October 2014 I started dedicating more time to the Post Pals charity when I discovered the additional projects that volunteers can help with. I started with the ‘Mrs Claus’ Christmas project. I was assigned an 8 year old boy called Dominic and was tasked with writing him letters to send in December from Mrs Claus. I wrote three letters, one for each week of December, giving some insight into what was happening at the North Pole. For Christmas I also sent him a Christmas card from Mrs Claus and a pack of Marvel top trumps (Dominic’s Post Pal page shows he likes superheroes).

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I also took on the Christmas monthly project of being a Christmas Elf. I was assigned teenager Anna-Mae to send a Christmas gift. The project has a £15 limit and with that I bought Anna-Mae some stationary, a make-up set and a giant Smartie tube. Anna-Mae’s page shows she likes make-up and writing letters so hoped she would like the gift. I wrapped the items in a box and posted it to her in time for Christmas.

Following these projects I decided to become a ‘fortnightly writer’ so emailed the charity to request I be assigned a child to write to. The charity askes volunteers to write twice a month to a chosen child to ensure all children will receive some post. I asked if there was a girl aged 6-9 without a fortnightly writer as then I could include stories and activities from Brownies. I was assigned a 5 year old girl called Ruby, whose brother Alfie has a form of Leukaemia. Their page shows Ruby likes cinema, arts & crafts, drawing, Minecraft and role play so in my first letter I sent her some Frozen stickers, colouring pages and wrote about the bird feeders we made at Brownies. I drew a picture of a robin for her to colour in.

I continued to send her fortnightly updates of what I was up to and included drawings, jokes and the occasional gift. I spent two hours creating a feltie for Ruby. From her interests the only thing I could create that would be meaningful was a Minecraft creeper. On Alfie’s Post Pals page Ruby’s Mum referenced the feltie I’d sent and thanked me for it. I found that I had more time to offer than the time it spent to write to Ruby so I also sent messages to other children which the charity stated needed extra care.

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If you have some time to spare please consider assisting Post Pals, you don’t need to sign up if you cannot make a regular commitment, just find a child to write to and send them some post! Find out more here!

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