Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project

Who we are

Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project is an exciting national initiative from My Home Life England and The Linking Network, promoting young people’s engagement with older people living in care homes across England. The project will link schools and youth organisations with a nearby care home. 

The project is being funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust and the #iwill Fund, a joint £40M investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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Our first 2 project areas

9/7/2020 – We are thrilled to announce our first two grantees: Alive in Bristol and The Linking Network in Bradford!

Alive, Bristol

Alive aim to enrich the lives of older people in care. Their project will be based in East and South Bristol and will link young people from different Bristol youth groups with the residents of five local care homes. The project will be co-created by younger and older people and will focus on ways in which older and younger participants can learn from one another, share skills and celebrate each other’s strengths and talents.

The project aims to empower young people to develop their leadership skills whilst helping to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people and enabling all participants to question stereotypes and understand one another better.

Alive have seven years of experience running other successful intergenerational projects across the South, linking schools and youth organisations with care homes residents to work collaboratively together on a range of projects.

These have included creating artwork, doing horticultural and agricultural activities, sharing life stories and experiences, developing life skills and spending time socialising.

The Linking Network, Bradford

The Linking Network currently deliver an extensive Schools Linking programme in Bradford that supports 94 primary schools and 17 secondary schools to link together and learn about identity, diversity, community and equality. They are also a project partner.

Their new intergenerational linking project will add another new strand to the organisation’s linking work: different schools across Bradford will be paired with local care homes and supported in a programme of engagement through the academic year that will encourage those involved to ‘share their story’ with each other.

The programme will include classroom sessions to support understanding, exchanges of messages, arts and craft activities and digital technology. As children and young people begin to find out more about the residents of their linked care home, they will be encouraged to take ownership of the next activities in the project.

The Linking Network hope to celebrate those involved and the stories that are shared by collaborating with a local artist for a large-scale exhibition towards the end of the Bradford project.

We’re very excited to see how these two projects progress!

If you have been running an intergenerational project, particularly one involving older people living in care homes, we would love to hear from you! Please also contact us if you’d like to find out more on how to get involved in the project. 

Remote intergenerational linking

As part of Care Home FaNs: Intergenerational Linking Project, My Home Life England and The Linking Network have also created a series of remote intergenerational linking resources, to keep young and older people connected when face-to-face linking isn’t possible.

Visit the remote intergenerational linking page to download our activities!