A leading care and culture consultancy has relaunched its Christmas advent calendar for the UK care sector following the success of last year, which enabled caregivers to ‘open a window of possibility’ throughout December.
The festive initiative was initially created to help boost morale following an exhausting year for the health and social care industry, which was largely spent protecting the vulnerable from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Meaningful Care Matters’ Gift of Time advent calendar is back for a second consecutive year to enable caregivers another opportunity to take a moment and make a difference each day in December – and once again is free for all care providers and individuals to access.
Behind each closed door is a short, simple activity to partake in with those being cared for, with the aim of helping to brighten someone’s day and make a real difference to their life. It could be anything from making a different kind of drink for someone to enjoy, taking the time to find out what someone’s favourite piece of music is, doing some virtual travelling, or reading someone a story from their favourite book.
Explaining the reason behind relaunching the Gift of Time advent calendar, Peter Bewert, Managing Director of Meaningful Care Matters, said: “The festive season is generally centred on the theme of ‘giving’ and last year’s success really drove home that message, helping to raise the morale of care providers and the people they care for significantly. This year, we intend to implement a meticulous focus on being kind, having fun, sharing memories, and looking after one another.”
Part of Meaningful Care Matters’ Meaningful Connections Community, a comprehensive online platform offering individuals and care providers an opportunity to learn and develop with like-minded people, the calendar offers a simple way to spend quality time, kindness, and meaningful moments to those needing care this Christmas.
The first of its kind, the innovative platform is designed to enable global networking through the sharing of ideas, information and experiences, as the industry continues to acclimatise following the events of the past 20 months.
Peter concluded: “Please join us each day in opening a new window of possibility to change a moment and make a difference. Sometimes the gift of time is the most precious thing we can give. This might be for someone you support or one of your team members, or it could be for YOU, as you matter too!”
To sign up for free and find out what is behind the first door of the advent calendar, click here. Participants are also encouraged to share their daily activities across social channels using #MakeCareMeangingful #GiftofTime.