“Hand in Hand Together is symbolic of reaching across the divide that has been created between care homes and their local communities during this terrible time we’ve all been through.”
Louise Goulden, Founder, The Together Project
To help to address the ‘lockdown’ loneliness of people living in care homes, The Together Project has launched Hand in Hand Together, an intergenerational activity to create handprints, have fun, connect with others in the local community and be part of a nationwide campaign highlighting the increased need for intergenerational friendships.
Hand in Hand Together will:
- Help to tackle loneliness of people living in care homes at this difficult time
- Recognise the relentless hard work of the staff supporting them
- Provide a fun, creative way for children and parents to connect with older people in the community
Care homes across the country have been in receipt of some exceptional outpourings of generosity from people outside the care home system. One group of homes highlighted the fact that residents were keen to give something back, for there to be a reciprocal exchange. However, they have been unable to do so – until now!
Children of all ages and older people in care homes will create handprint pictures to send to each other. It is a wonderful way to reach out to others and gives everyone the valuable chance to interact with other generations.
Louise Goulden, Founder, The Together Project said:
“Hand in Hand Together is symbolic of reaching across the divide that has been created between
care homes and their local communities during this terrible time we’ve all been through.”
April Dobson, Head of Relationship Centred Care, Hallmark Care Homes said:
“This is a truly heart-warming initiative and we can’t wait to be involved. It’s been an
incredibly tough time for everyone, and this will really help to lift spirits.”
Parents/guardians and care homes are asked to sign up at: www.thetogetherproject.co.uk/hand-in-hand-together so The Together Project can ‘pair-up’ people of different generations. By signing up, parents/guardians and care homes will help make those intergenerational connections, reduce loneliness, improve wellbeing, and help integrate local communities – it’s a great feeling!
The handprints will be made into a collage, forming a picture that represents the project. The artwork will be unveiled at Bucklesham Grange, Hallmark Care Homes, on National Day of Arts in Care Homes (managed by NAPA – National Activity Providers Association) on 24 September 2020, alongside a range of merchandise available as a special memento for taking part at the end of the project.