A weekly men's club

They're becoming isolated 

We provide care homes with bespoke coaching courses which enable care staff to learn on the job. This way of training embeds best practice long term and helps staff ensure that residents engage in activities that improve their wellbeing and happiness.  

We delivered coaching at a care home recently who had asked for support in finding meaningful activities for the men in the home, as most of them didn't want to join in with the organised activities. Staff were worried that the men were becoming socially isolated, as they had little interest in connecting with other people in the home.

What are your interests? 

We invited the men in the home to the lounge for a get-together and to talk about the things they're interested in. Using various resources to prompt memories and conversations (fishing tackle, gardening equipment, a cricket bat, books, camera, etc), the men started to open up about what they would like to do. 

It turns out that John is a passionate gardener and wants to be involved in planning the home's garden. Keith is a keen chess player and wants to challenge the other men to a game. Dennis loves the great outdoors and wants to go on more trips out of the home. The care staff were amazed to hear all these desires, as this group were usually so difficult to inspire. The men discovered that they had common interests too; they chatted for an hour and a half, which was unheard of, as they would usually stay in their rooms on their own.

Let's meet up again 

After spending time together the men looked visibly relaxed, they’d been laughing and joking together, and it was clear a bond had been formed. They said that they wanted to get together regularly and so the staff have now set up a weekly men’s club. Thanks to the Alive Coaching Programme care staff had the confidence to try a new idea and see it through, vastly improving the wellbeing of the people in their care and giving men in the home the opportunity to create new friendships.