Taking part as a school

Light Up lanterns lit up

Light Up is a project aimed at brightening people’s day. The idea is that people across the community receive a specially-designed paper lantern, which we have to say is rather lovely, accompanied by a message of hope to others, either as a poster or personalised message, to brighten up their day.

We’ve teamed up with local schools and care homes to help make this happen and there are several ways people can receive a lantern or be part of the Light Up project:

Through schools

Pupils from each school taking part are being gifted a Light Up lantern (one per pupil) to take home to place in a window and brighten up where they live.

These come with a poster template which the recipient is encouraged to write a message or draw a picture on offering light and hope to their community and can be displayed alongside the lantern.

Please note If you’ve received the full lantern kit in a tube, the tubes contain details from the original Light Up plans from last December. Apart from the paper instructions in the tube, you can ignore the rest (pop them in the recycling if you can).

When and how should I display my lantern?

The lantern can go up at any point in the window at home using either the string, window sucker or base provided. We want passers by to see the lanterns, and posters if available, to bring a smile.


School-Care Home Exchange

We have arranged for a number of residents of selected local care homes to each receive a lantern and message from a class of a school paired with the care home.

The hope is to help people feel less isolated and more connected with their community, especially at a time when visiting and contact with others has been so restricted.

Local display

To round up the project we plan to create a public display in the local community of some of the lanterns (separate to school and care homes ones) to allow as many people as possible to see them. This is still in development and we’ll be sharing more details as soon as we can

As part of the display we will incorporate messages to brighten people’s day which we are inviting school pupils and other community members to write.