Connecting Care Homes & Communities Share the Learning Event
LGNI were delighted to host this online event last week as a celebration of the successes of our LFT Trust funded Connecting Care Homes & Communities Project. The project was developed in response to the ongoing isolation of Care Home Residents and staff from their local communities and the outside world.
LGNI worked in partnership with 3 Care Settings - Phoneix Clinic Newtownards, Newcroft Lodge Holywood and Rose Lodge Lisburn to build intergenerational capacity and links that could be sustained into the future. LGNI's Lynne B provided CPD Accredited intergenerational training to staff in each of the settings, online one to one and peer support sessions and a small activity budget. The project was delivered during the most difficult of times and although the pandemic had a massive affect through setting closures, staff illness and ongoing restrictions we commend all involved for their enthusiasm, innovation and dedication!
At the event the Commissioner for Older People NI provided an introduction, LGNI gave an overview of the project and we heard from our amazing care home partners about their intergenerational stories so far and the links they have developed with schools, nurseries and community groups!
Some comments from event attendees included:
"Great to see how much exciting and valuable work is being done between care homes and schools"
"Potential benefits for young people & older people There's so many benefits for the care home residents and the pupils. The presentations really brought this to life, they were excellent. Great hearing from them directly"
If you or your setting are interested in intergenerational work with Care Homes please get in touch with Lynne.Bennett@bjf.org.uk