BAB Communities of Interest in Care Homes
We were delighted to announce earlier in 2017 that Alive! will be working in partnership with Growing Support to deliver the Communities of Interest in Care Homes project, funded by Bristol Ageing Better.
Community development is increasingly recognised by the care sector and social care commissioners as vital in tackling issues of social isolation in our older populations living in care homes. This project will connect care homes to groups in their local community, such as schools, colleges, local charities, clubs or creative, and outdoor groups so that older people can take part in fun, meaningful and dynamic activities. We will build on the existing strengths of the care homes and their communities to develop relationships that will endure, and become self-sustaining after the completion of the project.
The Communities of Interest in Care Homes project will work in the following ways:
Empowering: We will work with residents to learn about the activities they enjoy, and how they would like to engage with their local community. Activity sessions with community groups will then be designed around the interests of the residents, as well as the assets and strengths of the care home staff.
Building links: Steering groups made up of residents and care home staff, will help care homes to plan activities collaboratively. Through building lasting relationships with community groups, older people in care will feel more connected to, and better able to contribute to community life.
Support & partnership: We will provide coaching programs to care home staff to help embed steering groups, activities and community links that will be sustainable in the long term.
Evidence-based: We will provide care homes with information on the measurable difference that the steering group, community activities and staff coaching has had on life at the care home.
January 2017 - Read our press release here, with statements from the Chief Executives of Alive! and Growing Support on being selected as the delivery partners for the Communities of Interest in Care Homes project.