Become a Care Home Friend – Intergenerational Challenge

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Join our 10 week intergenerational challenge, complete fun activities each week and earn a Care Home Friend certificate!

 

Through the challenge, young people will:

  • Think more about different ages and different generations
  • Learn about care homes and the people that live and work in them
  • Make/write something to share with a nearby care home

And have lots of fun along the way!

See the Activities

Our Become a Care Home Friend Challenge has now launched! Click each week below to see the activities released so far.

Week 1 - Global Intergenerational Week: Thinking about different age groups

Welcome to Week 1 of our Challenge! We start this week by thinking about different age groups.

 

Here are the activities to download:

  • Key Stage 1 Activity Sheet:

KS1 – Week 1 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 2 Activity Sheet:

KS2 – Week 1 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 3 Activity Sheet:

KS3 – Week 1 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

 

Here are the Notes for Leaders – please read before starting!

 

We’ve also created an assembly supporting Global Intergenerational Week:

  • Key Stages 1 & 2

KS1 KS2 Assembly – Global Intergen Week

KS1 KS2 Teacher notes – Global Intergen Week Assembly

  • Key Stage 3

KS3 Assembly – Global Intergen Week

KS3 Teacher notes – Global Intergen Week Assembly

Week 2 - Connecting with people of different ages

This week focuses on connecting with people of different ages.

 

Here are the activities to download:

  • Key Stage 1 Activity Sheet:

KS1 – Week 2 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 2 Activity Sheet:

KS2 – Week 2 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 3 Activity Sheet:

KS3 – Week 2 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

 

Here are the Notes for Leaders – please read before starting

 

Week 3 - An introduction to care homes

What is a care home? Who lives there? This week focuses on an introduction to care homes.

 

Here are the activities to download:

  • Key Stage 1 Activity Sheet:

KS1 – Week 3 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 2 Activity Sheet:

KS2 – Week 3 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 3 Activity Sheet:

KS3 – Week 3 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

 

Here are the Notes for Leaders – please read before starting. We also have some additional information about care homes to support adults to have conversations with young people about the topic.

Week 4 - Roles in a care home

This week we are thinking about the people who work in care homes and the different kinds of support they give.

 

Here are the activities to download:

  • Key Stage 1 Activity Sheet:

KS1 – Week 4 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 2 Activity Sheet:

KS2 – Week 4 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

  • Key Stage 3 Activity Sheet:

KS3 – Week 4 – Become a Care Home Friend Challenge

 

Here are the Notes for Leaders – please read before starting.

In Week 3 we also released some additional information about care homes which you may wish to refer back to. This information is designed to support adults to have conversations with young people about care homes. 

 

About us

We’re Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking – the biggest intergenerational project with care homes in England. Over the past 2 years, we’ve been supporting young people aged 5-14 from schools and youth groups to connect with older people living in care homes across 11 different areas of England.

Our project has created some amazing connections and so many stories of joy.

Inspired by this, we’re taking one step further. We want to give more children across the UK the opportunity to engage in intergenerational social action with care homes. And so the “Become a Care Home Friend” Challenge was born!

The details

  • Sign up below and each week we’ll email you a worksheet filled with fun activities that takes children on an exciting intergenerational journey. Each week will cover a new theme with a bit of information about the topic and different activities to try. 
  • These activities can be completed in class or youth group session, as a homework activity, or as an individual activity supported by a parent/guardian. There are different versions suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 & 3.
  • The activities have been designed by teachers working on our wider Care Home FaNs: Intergenerational Linking project and have curriculum links. You can download an overview here. Notes to Leaders are also available to support adults, e.g. with lesson planning.
  • At the end, participants will receive a Care Home Friend certificate. If interested, we can also provide further support in sustaining the connection made with your local care home.
  • Don’t worry if you sign-up after our launch on 25th April, you can find the previous activities further up this page. Sign up by midday Friday to receive the next week’s activities. 
  • We hope everyone enjoys taking part and encourage you to share photos and updates with us!
  • We’d also love you to tell others about this Challenge. Here is a flyer you can download and share.

Sign up to our Challenge here

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Why take part?

  • Intergenerational work positively impacts on children. It can foster empathy, boost self-esteem, broaden world views and improve understanding of topics such as ageing and dementia. It can also lay the groundwork for social action and children wanting to make a difference in the world.
  • Feeling part of the community is key to quality of life for people living in care homes, yet they can sometimes feel disconnected from their local communities and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this. Connection to other community members gives a sense of connection and purpose and can boost wellbeing and decrease isolation. Young people will help make this happen.
  • Some young people may not be familiar with care homes and/or have never visited one themselves. Taking part in this challenge will help educate young people about care homes in a fun and engaging way. For older children, this challenge may even bring awareness that these places have the potential to be great places to work. 

More about our national project

This challenge is part of Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking – the biggest intergenerational project with care homes in England. The project is led by a partnership between two organisations – My Home Life England (hosted by City, University of London) and The Linking Network and combines My Home Life England’s expertise with older people and care homes with The Linking Network’s expertise with young people and schools and their successful Schools Linking programme.

Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking is funded through the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £54 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. The Dunhill Medical Trust is acting as a match funder for this project and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.  

 

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