Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking

Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking is an exciting national initiative from My Home Life England and The Linking Network. We’re promoting young people’s engagement with care homes, by linking together schools and youth organisations with older people living in care homes across England. Follow us on Twitter here!

The project is funded through the #iwill Fund.  The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Dunhill Medical Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Our projects so far:

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 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 excited to see how these two projects progress!

Resources for remote intergenerational linking

As part of Care Home FaNs: Intergenerational Linking, we’ve also created a series of fun, step-by-step 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!

Interested in our project?

On Wednesday 7th October 2020 we hosted a webinar in which we shared more about:

  • Our free materials and resources
  • How a tailor-made programme of work could help you make intergenerational linking a possibility
  • Applying for a grant in England from The Dunhill Medical Trust by 5pm 13th November 2020 to create a new intergenerational linking project in your local area

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Grant documentation:

Sorry, the deadline to apply to the Dunhill Medical Trust for a grant has now passed. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes shortly.

Any questions? We’d love for you to get in touch with us!