7 ways to help The Together Project that (mostly) don’t involve giving us your money
“It makes me so happy and proud to be part of this group”
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.
“From the moment he joined Songs & Smiles, his face lit up”
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.
Do you want to start a toddler group in a care home?
Evaluating the impact on care home residents at risk of social isolation and those living with dementia
Songs & Smiles to launch across England!
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…
"It was amazing, like a miracle"
We're hugely excited to announce that we've partnered with Hallmark Care Homes to launch Songs & Smiles across the country.
The Together Project meets The Ally Bally Bee Project
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.
Why music matters in care homes
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...
How ageist is our society – and why does it matter?
Vera is a spirited, forthright lady living with dementia in a care home. She’s a new member of our Songs & Smiles group.
The Together Project in the press
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.
Why are intergenerational projects important?
The Together Project has been receiving some amazing media coverage recently. Click on the following links to...
Behind-the-scenes at Songs & Smiles
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?
Songs & Smiles is a weekly singing and social group for babies and toddlers, their parents/carers and care home residents.