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 :-