Lighting up older people's lives
Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people in care.
Of older people have improved mood following an Alive! session
Sessions delivered last year
Care home staff trained
Older people reached
Our work has also been independently evaluated using the ArtsObs tool, which is cited by Public Health England in their new guidance on evaluating arts programmes that seek to improve health and wellbeing. Read our evaluation.
The difference we make
“You make everyone come alive when you're here. You have a magical talent!”
"Our residents think it's great, everyone participates and enjoys the sessions. We wait for the next visit!"
“I haven’t got an activities budget as such, but if I did, I would quite willingly spend the whole lot on Alive.”
Training, coaching and mentoring
We provide training for staff in how to engage successfully with the older people in their care.
Our trainers have a wealth of experience in running stimulating activities and are experts in their field. All the course elements have a strong basis in proven therapeutic techniques such as reminiscence and life story work.
We deliver fun and interactive activity sessions designed to increase the happiness and the health of older people in care. Our sessions reach people on all levels: cognitively, physically, emotionally and creatively.
From art and dance to guided reminiscence, there is something for everyone and we tailor each session to the needs of the group.
Alive! Coaching - six months in.
Nicola Taylor talks about her experience of delivering a new type of training for Alive!.
"I have been facilitating the new Alive! Coaching Programme in 6 care homes in Bristol over the last 6 months. This approach to training is completely new to Alive! and it has been truly amazing to see the positive impact that it is already having". Read more in latest news.