“Happy Finnish Post”

I haven’t given up on de-cluttering, but as it’s the New Year, I thought I should get back to also writing more generally about other issues for older people.  Therefore, in the coming weeks, I will publish blogs about clutter on Wednesday’s and revert to more general subjects on Sunday’s.  Here is the first of the more general posts which happens to be about POST.

The postal service remains a lifeline for many older people as they get left behind in this increasingly digital age.  In an often lonely outside world, especially in Winter, the postman’s / postwoman’s  friendly face is a welcome visitor.

Back in 2011, I wrote quite a few blogs about the trials and tribulations of the postal service.  Seeing their letter business decline as email takes over and increasingly under threat from private drop-it-outside parcel delivery services.

Traditional postal services are under attack from all sides.  (You can see all my earlier blogs by clicking on “GrumbleSmiles Post” in the TAG CLOUD).

I tried to offer some positive suggestions to enhance the service offer for the future by adding extra services, but they have not been taken up in the UK so far.

However, although the message may take four years to get through to the remoter parts of Finland, it seems they are now adopting some of my ideas and have gone even further.  “Posti”, is the highly appropriate name of the Finnish postal service and they are retraining some of their delivery staff as “outdoor buddies”.  The buddies will offer to accompany older people to walk in the snow when they are often afraid to venture outside.  They will also offer a snow clearing service in winter, sweeping up leaves in autumn and grass cutting in the summer.  They already deliver meals and are planning to help with household chores.

It is a great idea for improving services to older people and it keeps the postal workers employed.


Currently in Finland, the average Finn only receives 11 letters a year.  So it would be a brilliant move to introduce this new wider community role for the postal service.   Maybe we could follow suit in the UK and all have :-


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5 Responses to “Happy Finnish Post”

  1. Mo Graham says:

    What a brilliant idea. I’m forever nagging John to sweep up the leaves from our front path when he’s out there gardening (most times he forgets to do this, probably on purpose). In future I could leave the garden brush beside the front door and Sue, our Village post lady, could give the path a brush down two or three times a week.

    She delivers to us daily – staggering under the weight usually of a mixture of junk mail and bills – so maybe she could also come in to do the odd bit of hoovering for me, perhaps even clean the Windows on a regular basis? These little ‘odd jobs’ would help out this Pensioner no end.

    Will you have a word with Sue when she delivers to us tomorrow John, or shall I ?!?

    • john graham says:

      You forgot to mention all the parcels she has to bring that you have ordered on the shopping channels. No wonder Sue is staggering under the weight when she get to our door 😀
      Give her a break and stop ordering stuff every day. Oh and enjoy nature’s way of decorating the front path instead of thinking of more things for Sue and me to do.

  2. Dear Mo! Dear John, who is the wise old bird in this nest? You have the same surnames? You appear to wish each other a story of love and togetherness, with that ‘bitter sweet’ undertones of insider knowledge.
    I am a mere mortal, it is not for me to cast the first stone, and will respond to the general tone of John’s lament a little later on. Regards and best wishes to who ever, or whom you are? David.

    • Mo Graham says:

      I’m John’s other half David. – remember I met you and Molly at the Lamport Hall antiques fair a couple of year’s ago? You’ll see me posting on here a little more regularly in future. John spends so much time researching/writing these blogs that I hardly see him these days. Have therefore decided to use this medium of his to communicate with him from time to time!!!

  3. The Finnish offer by their postal workers in remote areas, is intriguing and perplexing? It is a thought worthy of consideration within the UK.
    WE appear to have gone part way through this ideal some years ago-No? Remember the local buses in the remote areas of the countryside within the UK? did they not offer at a minimal cost, postal deliveries, by agreement, connection journeys to local centres, either shops/ social centres? In my mind comes to mind the tales of postman pat and his trusted cat, bringing joy and company to his customers.
    I am unsure of the moan/suggestion you are making John? questions for you??
    1 do the majority of older persons in the UK live remotely from Urbanisation?
    2 are in fact the majority of citizen in the UK City dwellers?
    3 Does TV programmes such as ‘Escape to the country’ or ‘Living Home or away’ have on our bearings of life in retirement and old age?
    This blog is web wide, and I would be interested in the opinions of some ex pats view points living and becoming older in Southern Europe, do they assimilate into the local population or come back to ‘Blighty’ for the known and respected boundaries of help and services in later days of living?
    4 do we all have a false picture of later days life, and bury our own heads in the sand, and deign, or fail to see how the ravages of old age can catch us out.
    5 most of us live live with a partner, have families which support one: However for reasons of life itself these may be extenuating circumstance, and once one partner becomes vulnerable to ailments and the call of the ‘grim reaper’ what then? One can be as lonely in a room with company as one can be in a desirable house living in the countryside, remote from facilities. Answer can we live with ourselves and that picture or mirror on the wall to talk too?
    6 the web can stretch the imagination, exercise the brain, and give one imaginary friends/family and contacts: this is to be applauded but it does not alleviate the human need to feel, touch, and communicate by mouth. We can read, imagine fiction but to some extent we need reality, even if it is to bark, and show a temper or emotion.

    There is no easy answer, whether we are a city/urban or countryside dweller, we all have to come to terms with what we may wish for out of life? The danger within the UK at the present time is old age is the norm, we are the voting public, and now through the ballot box demand, not request but ‘DEMAND’ assisted living? I ask is that right? we may have put into society or life, work, commitment and financial investments, we cannot increase our purchasing power?? Think carefully, Is the monies required from government for you personally or for one to pas onto ones family?? Should we not reflect on our own life span, and what we fought for when younger; or children and the younger generation? we cannot I suggest turn the penny over now! and wish at this time for our own requirements in life, without considering the children and younger generations of today 2017.
    One can encourage with the time and investments we have now to free the state of over burdensome personal requirements, and encourage say investments in model retirement villages, centres, so that services such as NHS/Doctor/post/communication, and most off all companionship are on hand, should one wishes to use any of these services.
    The most important thing is that one can chat, communicate within a friendly atmosphere, and if one makes a wise decision, when the loss of lover one is inevitable, one has friends/acquaintance, and support from an understanding community.
    WE need you to help and make a retirement village work, as a resident/volunteer/organiser of leisure time activities, so do not hold back! Join your local community and bespoke a retirement village for ones self? It is possible, and if you do it in the right manner it is not ‘selfish’ at all !!!!

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