Brighter Together

Brighter Together

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

Together is an award winning intergenerational charity that connects two vulnerable groups: older people and early years children to participate in shared activities for mutual benefit to well-being and development. Founded in 2020, Brighter Together works with care homes and day centres and links them with their local nursery school. Our programme sets out to tackle social isolation and improve social and emotional wellbeing of all participants.

Activities

We run weekly sessions involving older people and early years children. Groups meet weekly to participate in meaningful, shared activities. We aim to maximise the benefit from the time that the children and care home residents spend together. To do that, we are rigorous about our programme planning which is built around the following 4 aspects:

1. Session Structure

Each session is based on the approach of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy which has well-documented success in improving and  maintaining cognitive functioning in older adults.

2. Bespoke training

Our Session Facilitators and the pre-school practitioners supporting the children in the sessions are provided with professional training on how best to engage with older people, working in the care home environment, and accredited dementia training.

3. Designed by Experts

Our sessions are designed with input from an Advisory Board. This board consists of a range of experts from fields including Occupational Therapy, dementia care, physiotherapy, and Early Years education.

4. Community involvement

The activities build up to a celebratory end-of-term event to showcase the work of the group to friends, family, and staff. This is an essential part of including the community, bringing a much wider range of people into the care home.

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