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
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.
"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.
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.
At the start of December BBC Points West came to film an Alive intergenerational activity session. We were thrilled to have this opportunity to raise awarness of our work connecting communities with care homes. "You don't have to be the same age to be really good friends, it can be any age, that's what I've learnt". Dylan, school child at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School. See it here.