Our Work

Why do we do it?

Intergenerational connections improve wellbeing, life chances and improve social cohesion.

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Our Solution

Brighter Together has a unique and tested method of creating these valuable connections for maximum benefit.

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Our Impact

Don't just take our word for how beneficial the programme is, have a look at our stats and case studies.

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Why are intergenerational connections important?

Context
  • Societal shifts over the last 30 years have led to more dispersed families
Consequences
  • People are more isolated.  There is a rise in the number of older people living in care homes.
  • Children have far fewer regular interactions with those over 65 years.

Long Term Effects

  • 40% of care home residents are suffering from depression.
  • The major cause of depression is lack of opportunity for meaninful activity & social isolation.

  • These children are proven to be at a disadvantage in terms of:
    - confidence
    - communication skills
    - concentration
    - school readiness.


Brighter Together gives care home residents a valuable purpose.  By bringing children into their lives on a regular basis, they are able to share in their development.  Both children & older people delight in the opportunity to form meaningul relationships leading to improved wellbeing for everyone.

How do we do it?

Our Solution

Designed by Experts

Our sessions are each created with input froom experts in the fields of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Early Years Education.   


We are delighted to be supported by a wonderful Advisory Board.  Read more about them here.


Structure

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

Bespoke Training

Early Years practitioners leading the sessions are provided with bespoke, professional training on how best to engage with older people, working in the care home environment and accredited dementia training.




Community Involvement

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

Our Impact...so far...

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Hours of sessions delivered

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Early Years children participated

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Care home residents participated

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