Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers.
is a world where older people live lives full of joy, meaning and opportunity.
is to put older people’s mental health and wellbeing at the heart of care across the UK.
is to provide meaningful engagement for older people, and inspirational training for those who support them, in care settings across the UK.
- Engage older people creatively through meaningful activity sessions
- Train and support care staff to enhance older people’s wellbeing and deliver outstanding care at every opportunity
- Reduce older people’s social isolation by connecting them to their local communities
- Speak up for the rights of older people in care to those with the power to improve their lives
- Depend on charitable donations to deliver our work.
Why we exist
An ageing population is meeting dramatic changes within the social care sector, and the results are catastrophic. It’s become all too familiar to see older people lined up in the living room of a care home, depressed, silent and staring at the television.
Care settings are closing rapidly, for minimum wage care staff work a job that requires a vast skillset, and vulnerable older people are paying the price. As the future for adult social care hangs in the balance, care staff are stretched to breaking point. “The job that we’re expecting nursing homes to do is ever more complex and ever more difficult,” says Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector for regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Care homes must demonstrate their ability to provide meaningful activity and Alive exists to address this need, through our activity sessions and care staff training.
What we do
Alive is one of the leading practitioners in the UK of meaningful activity for older people in care. We provide fun and dynamic activity sessions to encourage creativity, celebrate life stories and get the circulation going.
We’re different to other activity providers because we enable older people to shape the content and direction of Alive sessions, which include the use of new technology, guided reminiscence, creative, energising and physical activities. We entertain but we’re more than entertainers. We engage older people in meaningful ways using a variety of tools and techniques tried and tested over the last 10 years.