Every day, we see first hand the enormous impact music has on the wellbeing of our Songs & Smiles participants. So, we’re delighted to be supporting BBC Music Day on Thursday 26 September. It tops off an exciting month for The Together Project as we’ve launched new Songs & Smiles sessions in Bow, Leytonstone and Brighton. We now run weekly sessions in 16 locations, including in our first sheltered housing accommodation.Read More
Summer always feels like a good time to take a breath, take stock and get ready for the rest of the year. So, what’s been going on recently at The Together Project? And what do we have planned for our next chapter?Read More
The benefits of Songs & Smiles go way beyond the hour-long session. Here, we shine a spotlight on some of the important – and often unseen – ways in which your visit with your child will impact people’s lives.Read More
Moving to the non-profit sector is simultaneously one of the most rewarding, frustrating, empowering and challenging things I’ve ever done. The benefits are immense – our time and energy are directed towards activities that make a tangible, positive impact on people’s lives, which gives an incredible sense of purpose. But it’s no secret that, in these times of austerity, funding to help ventures such as ours can be incredibly hard to come by.
We receive many wonderful messages of support about our work from across the globe, so I wanted to give you a list of easy actions you could take that would make a real difference to us.Read More
When the benefits of intergenerational activities are discussed, the emphasis is often placed on outcomes for the older participants. But at Songs & Smiles we know that all three generations involved gain a huge amount – children, their parents/guardians and the care home residents.
We collected impact statements from some of the parents and guardians who attend our groups to learn more about what they feel these benefits are, for themselves and for their little ones. We were delighted to see that they are numerous, profound and – in some cases – life-changing.Read More
Evaluating the impact on care home residents at risk of social isolation and those living with dementiaRead More
At The Together Project. we receive lots of lovely messages from people across the country who are interested in taking their little one into a care home. And with the new series of Channel 4’s Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds on our screens, interest is at an all-time high!
If you’re thinking of starting your own toddler care home group, we’ve got some tips to help you out…Read More
Karolina, Activities Coordinator at Ross Wyld Care Home, and residents Jim and Sheila, talk about the impact that Songs & Smiles has had on the home.Read More
The Together Project believes passionately in the benefits of introducing children to concepts such as ageing, disability and conditions like dementia from a young age. It helps to reduce stigma and fear whilst building understanding and empathy.
So we're big supporters of the Ally Bally Bee Project, an incredibly useful resource for families wanting to explain a loved one's dementia to a young child. We caught up with the team to share the wonderful work they're doing...Read More
Vera is a spirited, forthright lady living with dementia in a care home. She’s a new member of our Songs & Smiles group.Read More
Yesterday I attended the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration’s inquiry into Intergenerational Connection, chaired by Chuka Umunna MP. Its purpose is to explore how well our communities are living together and what we might do to strengthen the ties that bind us.
The Together Project has been receiving some amazing media coverage recently. Click on the following links to...Read More
Our vision is a country where young and older people come into regular contact through fun and engaging activities. But why is this so important?Read More
Songs & Smiles is a weekly singing and social group for babies and toddlers, their parents/carers and care home residents.Read More