Post Office Mural

Everybody recognises the Post Office, with its traditional red colour, the post box on the wall or the pillar box on the pavement and of course the sign. Every city, town and village had its own Post Office until quite recently. Times have of course changed and we rely on them far less these days, but before computers, email and social media, people sent letters and cards, paid bills by cheque and therefore the Post Office was used by everyone.

I remember seeing queues waiting for the doors to open on pension day and know my grandma and her friends went down together to collect their money.

So many memories for so many people make this mural a perfect addition to any communal area and can be accessorised by so many small items and be the base for so many different activities.

For some, just going to the Post Office every morning can be a comforting experience and bring with it contentment for the day.

Some people may take pleasure from being the shopkeeper and look after the shelves. Small daily tasks give routine to a person’s day and a sense of worth and pride in their work.

The pillar or post box are essential to complete the vision and can be used by residents to post letters, birthday and Christmas cards and postcards. If residents mail is posted, someone can empty the box and deliver.

A traditional telephone and typewriter on a desk, along with pens and paper offer an individual activity – manning the office, writing a letter or a card.

Group activities based on letters or artwork fit well with the Post Office theme and it is a wonderful place to reminisce about places they used to visit – use postcards and photographs to remind people. Post cards
taken out of the post box from holiday destinations makes for great reminiscence experiences and lots of happy family memories.

Most Post Offices also have shelves stocked with a range of items and the items can vary. Sweets and drinks of course were often available and in a care setting can help increase nutrition and hydration, arts and crafts items and of course a wide range of forms. The shelves can be filled with activity items that people can take and use.

As with all the shop areas, people can also make items to fill the shelves, and these can be orientated towards time of year..

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