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Help lonely elderly by delivering the ‘Blij Nederland’ - Noord

Spaces Zuidas

7 July 2020
Barbara Strozzilaan 101, 1083 HN Amsterdam
10:00 - 11:00
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Will you help us cheer up the elderly in Amsterdam? Make them happy by delivering the ‘Blij Nederland’ to residential care institutions. Blij Nederland is a paper newspaper with positive news that provides cheerfulness and distraction for lonely elderly people in Utrecht, The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In this newspaper the elderly read about fun initiatives in these Covid-19 times, they receive music tips, can make a puzzle or read their (Covid-19-proof) horoscope. Curious about the content? Read the first edition here (only available in Dutch). 

Today you make the elderly happy by picking up the newspaper at Zuidas and delivering it to residential care centers in Noord. A bicycle or car and a sturdy shopping bag that fits an A3 size paper is all you need to make a lot of lonely elderly people happy today.

Note: The time of this activity is the time that you can pick up the newspapers at the collection point. Here you get the newspapers and you some extra explanation about the delivery locations. Of course we keep 1.5 meters distance from each other. You can then deliver them to the residential care centers at the time that suits you. Though this must be before 5 pm on the same day, due to the closing of the receptions of the residential care centers. When delivering, follow the instructions of the residential care centers regarding Covid-19 measures.

Targetgroup and impact

Residential care centres no longer receive visitors because of the Covid-19 virus. This increases the loneliness that people living there can experience. For people who have little or no family with whom they have contact, the danger of social isolation looms. One of the regular causes of loneliness among the elderly is the cutbacks in healthcare and the high workload on the staff. This leads to employees not having the time to offer enough individual attention. And now, because of the Covid-19 situation, the volunteers and family members who are normally there cannot come. So it is time for action! For a large group of people, Blij Nederland means fun and distraction from the situation. The distribution of the newspaper is easy to fit into their work for employees of residential care centers, so many residents can enjoy the newspaper!

Getting there

The collection point and residential care location are easily accessible by bicycle or car. Due to the Covid-19 measures we strongly advise you not to use public transport for delivery. By bike it takes you about 50 minutes from the pick-up point at Zuidas to the delivery location in Noord. Please not: to be able to take the ferry, you need a mouth mask.

Want to help?

Do you want to help lonely elderly people by delivering Blij Nederland to them? Click on ‘Sign up’ below. After your registration you will receive an email with additional information about the pick-up and delivery locations. Do you have a question? Then go to frequently asked questions or contact us