Remote Intergenerational Linking - Young People & Care Homes

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Do you know a young person aged 5-14 who would like to engage with care home residents?

During these unprecedented times, many care homes have been forced to close their doors to visitors to protect their residents from COVID-19. Unable to see loved ones, some residents are more isolated than ever. In these challenging and uncertain times, it is even more important to promote intergenerational connections and keep young and older people connected.

These activities have been designed to be used by parents, schools, youth organisations and care homes. 

Bird Feeder - Create your own bird feeder and hang it in the garden of a care home! Residents will enjoy watching different birds visit the garden to feed from your thoughtful, tasty creation!  There are got 3 different bird feeders for you to try – apple feeder, fat ball and recycled milk carton.

Crossword -  Crosswords are a fun way to test general knowledge and get the brain thinking.  Create your own crossword for a care home resident – they may even learn some new fact.

Skill Swap - Do you have a secret talent? Or have you always wanted to learn a new skill? Share step-by-step instructions with care home residents so they can learn a new skill from you.  Maybe they’ll share something back.

One Page Profile - Fill in a one-page profile to introduce yourself to a care home resident. One page profiles are a great way to get to know each other better and find common interests.  Perhaps they will send one back to you. We can share a template with you to help get you started.

Newspaper - Produce your own newspaper for care home residents to read. This is a great way to demonstrate your creativity, you could include local stories, interviews with family members, sports reports and maybe even a puzzle. Ask your siblings or friends if they’d like to get involved too!

One Letter One Smile - It’s fun to make new friends. Write a letter to a care home resident and wait for them to send one back to you.  You’ll learn more about each other as you pen pal friendship develops. We have some introductory questions to help you talk about yourself and some curiosity questions that you could ask your new friend.

Pots of Love/Rock Art - Decorate a pot and plant it with seeds or bulbs. Take it to your local care home so residents can enjoy watching your colourful creation grow. Decorate pebbles in bright colours and patterns.  Take them to a care home and put them in the garden. They will become little patches of colour and friendship when the residents look out of their windows.

Story Exchange - Write a story for residents at your local care home to enjoy. 

Postcard of Kindness - Write and send a postcard of kindness to a care home resident who may be feeling lonely. Your thoughtfulness will brighten their day.  

Word Search - Puzzles are great for keeping the brain active. Create your own word search for a care home resident to enjoy and complete.  You can make your own grid or use a ready-made template, which we can share with you. 

Resources produced by: 'Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project'

What skills do I need?

No skills required 

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Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead

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Start Date: 29/10/2020

End Date: 29/10/2022

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