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Eighty per cent of elderly people living in care in the UK have dementia. Many care home residents have little or no contact with family or the wider community, resulting in loneliness, isolation and depression, which impacts hugely on their health and wellbeing. We aim to bring joy to older people in care, improving their quality of life by connecting them to their memories, the people around them and the communities in which they live. We spark creativity and celebrate life stories with storytelling, art, poetry, objects from the past, and touchscreens, and we energise through music and dance. Our intergenerational creative art and gardening sessions connect older people in care with local schoolchildren, community groups and youth organisations.
The project will be community-led, using volunteers and our trained facilitators to lead the gardening group's activities. We will partner with local community groups, schools, GP surgeries, businesses and other stakeholders to bring people together to work towards a shared goal, learn new skills, make friends, be active and build their confidence.