The Hive JQ

The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces.

As part of The Hive and Birmingham More In Common's winter anti-loneliness campaign called WE CARE COASTERS, we are looking for children and young people to design and make WE CARE CARDS to give to Care Home residents and to isolated people within our communities. Cards will be given alongside gifts of a handmade drinks coaster and fabric bag made by adult craft volunteers, some treats, and an invitation and resources to write back.


This card-making activity is a great way to explore the concept of loneliness and take direct social action to brighten someone's day with an act of friendliness and kindness.


We would love the cards to include a bit about the card maker, and to include some questions - to start a conversation. We provide downloadable instructions, available below (including what detail not to include for safeguarding), and some suggestions of what to write about.

 We Care Cards - Instruction Sheet

Materials needed


All you need is A4 card, A5 envelope, colouring, painting or collaging materials, the price of a stamp and some creativity. 


An introductory film is available for the children and young people to watch.


Suitable for any child who can write, or dictate a message to a family member.


For more information and to get involved, please email [email protected]


Once you have completed your card/cards, we will ask you to post these to us. Please email [email protected] to be given an address. Deadline for return 21 March.


If the recipient of the card writes back we will make sure this response is passed on to the card maker.