School of English

Covid-19 Student Care Home Magazine Writing Scheme

Since November 2020, students from the School of English have been designing and producing magazines for Nottinghamshire care homes and the Queen’s Medical Centre. Usually our students would be taking part in the School’s shared reading project – visiting care homes, reading poems to and spending time with people there. But the COVID pandemic has put a temporary stop to face-to-face group activities in residential care.

Students in the School of English, however, have a found a novel way of maintaining contact with care home residents and providing them with some capital entertainment. In designing, writing and producing stimulating picture magazines – full of stories, poems, puzzles, local history pieces, and photo essays – the students have been able to maintain social connections with care home residents and hospital patients. The magazines have also provided students with the opportunity of sharing their university experiences with older generations, providing residents with first-hand account of student life.

A person sitting in a chair holding a magazine and giving a thumbs up to the camera.

The magazines have proven to be a tonic for residents and patients who, according to one care home worker, are at the present time ‘in need of a little more sunshine in their lives’. The magazines produced so far have been season-based, themed around the seasons, with the latest Spring editions about to bloom into being.

Read the December 2020 issue of the Silverwood Gazette

One care home with which the School of English has collaborated for many years, kindly sent us pictures of residents enjoying the winter edition of their magazine, along with the following testimony.

We, at the Oaks residential home, have been working with the Nottingham University for a number of years through our love of poetry. We have had the honour to work with lovely students and have built up memorable relationships. Obviously the pandemic has hit us hard and we miss our interaction with our poetry club. Our wonderful students have compiled a magazine which has been shared with our residents. The magazine contains poetry, lovely pictures and even little profiles of the students. Residents have enjoyed reading it and they stated that they felt happy and connected to the outside world.

If you are a care home manager or activities coordinator who would be interested in receiving a magazine, please contact:

Dr Kevin Harvey at:

School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900