Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers.


Of older people have improved mood following an Alive session


Sessions delivered 2016-2017


Care home staff trained 2016-2017


Attendances at sessions

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Alive is BBC Radio Bristol’s charity partner. 

The 'BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal' is helping us to raise support and vital funds, so we can reach more older people across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

Donate to the appeal. 

Our impact

At the end of the dance and movement sessions I ran in Lymington today, a lovely 92 year old lady called Joan took my hands in hers, looked me in the eyes and, with tears streaming down her face, said “...thank you so much for today... my heart feels so opened by this"... thank you".

Malcolm, Alive Facilitator.

We connect communities

We passionately believe that all older people in care should feel connected to the world around them and valued as individuals.

Through our series of ground-breaking community engagement projects, we make this happen.

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Care staff training

Alive training enables staff to enrich the lives of older people - putting wellbeing at the heart of care through activities that foster closer relationships and happy environments. 

The Alive Coaching Programme was nominated for a National Dementia Care award in the 'Best Dementia Training Initiative' category in 2017. 


Growing support - because gardens are good for you

We'd like to announce the exciting news that Growing Support has merged with Alive. Since 2014 Growing Support has specialised in social and therapeutic gardening and, like Alive, works with older people in care. By joining forces through this merger, Alive and Growing Support combine years of expertise, as well as unique and complementary approaches to improving later life for older people in care.

Find out more.

"I recommend Alive to all of the care groups I work with. Their outstanding services are embedding meaningful activity into day-to-day life at care settings across the country - building the confidence and skills of staff and leading to improved CQC ratings. Alive are leading the way in person-centred activity."
Prof Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive Care England

Alive's work has been successfully quality assured and published by NICE in their Local Practice Collection.
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.



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