Keeping Connected – Not All About Tech

Eden Project Communities

What?

You could become a book fairy! The Eden Project is encouraging everyone to share their favourite books by hiding them in the local area for others to find.

How?

You could team up with a local reading or community group so that more people are hiding and finding books, and share pictures of the books you are hiding on local community pages with location clues.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Silver Stories

What?

Silver Stories brings together older people and school children in order to help diminish their chances of feeling isolated whilst improving the child’s confidence.

How?

School children and older people are linked, with the children reading stories or poetry to the older person over the phone

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Share Shed

What?

Based in Devon, it’s the world’s first mobile library of things!

How?

They enable people to borrow tools, household appliances, camping & gardening equipment, sewing machines, suitcases and much more.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Community Senior Letters

What?

Community Senior Letters aims to match primary schools to care homes in the same borough to provide human connection during lockdown.

How?

This allows hope and happiness to be brought to the elderly residents at care homes, and for them to form wonderful friendships. Likewise, students are able to form friendships by unleashing their inner creativity as they send letters and drawings to care homes.

More Information

Community Senior Letters would love for more schools and care homes to get involved. To do so please email communityseniorletters@gmail.com.

Scouts

What?

Scouts will collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness to help residents in their local care home, becoming kindness champions and showing that they ‘care for care homes.’

How?

To help care home residents feel less lonely and more connected, they’ll be taking part in four different types of activity: creating‘kindness rocks’ with supportive messages, writing letters and drawing pictures, sending video messages, swapping skills via letters, photos or videos.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Macintyre – Great Communities Project

What?

Macintyre aim to develop a radically new vision for a remodelled approach to health and social care which focuses on keeping people well, independent, connected and contributing to their local communities. To meet this need, Macintyre are investing their expertise and resources to develop and test this vision, using Warrington as the test site.

How?

Working alongside Community Catalysts, Macintyre want to use this project to work together to engage with and learn from people with learning disabilities.

More Information

There is a lot more useful information that you can find here.

Friend In Deed

What?

Friend In Deed is a Norfolk based charity that makes intergenerational connections between children and care homes before, during and after Covid-19.

How?

Various schemes that include intergenerational care home visits, music sessions, and projects in collaboration with schools. During Covid-19 this has included care home residents receiving cards and artwork from the local primary school children who normally visit them, in addition to high school students creating mood boards themed to the 1940s-1960s, with quiz questions to help reminiscence

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

The Great Get Together

What?

The Great Get Together has created a list of socially distanced activities to take part in with members of your community.

How?

Examples include a community singalong, creating a community recipe book, designing a treasure hunt, and many more!

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Talking about My Generation

What?

Talking about My Generation are gathering the stories of people of all ages based on their attendance of a specific school.

How?

They are looking for memories, old photos or school reports you would like to share.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Caretalk

What?

Two care homes recently took part in a self-portrait project, entitled Collaged Citizens. The project was devised by Arts on Wheels, a company providing art activities to older people in residential care settings.

How?

The self-portraits appear as part of an online gallery of pictures created by people isolated, or socially disadvantaged, during the pandemic.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

The Rural Coffee Caravan – Addressing Loneliness and Isolation

What?

Over the past 17 years the Rural Coffee Caravan has created social spaces in rural places.

How?

The Rural Coffee Caravan have collected some ways to support your neighbours and communities and ward off loneliness in a time of physical distancing.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Arts in Care Homes-  Only Connect Penpals

What?

Only Connect was originally a postal project. However, in response to the current Coronavirus situation, they are now asking for pen pal partners to send messages of support including letters, postcards, artwork and/or poems to share with care homes via email.

How?

They have linked up over 40 care homes with volunteer Only Connect Pen Pal partners. These include artists, arts organisations, school children, families, and individuals. They have also linked up care homes with Only Connect pen pals in different countries, including Japan and Mexico.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Linking Generations NI

What?

Linking Generations NI are offering support during the pandemic, and share resources that they have developed to maintain intergenerational spirit and connection during Covid-19.

How?

Projects such as Pots of Kindness, Rocks of kindness, Postcards of Kindness, Connecting Through reading and family history resources.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.