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Contribute to a study of Community Engagement in Care Homes

Making Pals is a three-year project Co-ordinated by Alive! that aims to increase the levels of community led activities for older people in care.  Alive!’s mission is to put older people’s mental health and wellbeing at the heart of care across the UK.

Alive! works in over 350 care settings to:

  • Enrich the lives of older people through a range of meaningful activity sessions
  • Share our expertise in creativity and engagement through training and support for care staff
  • Reduce older people’s social isolation by connecting them to their local communities

Making Pals is working to change the way care homes are seen by the public. We believe that care homes are a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we want schools, universities, sports clubs – all local groups – to view them as a real asset to the community. Through doing fun, meaningful activities together, we will help to break down some of the barriers that exist between care homes and the people they share their communities with.

The project will work together with care home residents to learn about their passions and interests and understand what activities they would like to take part in. We will connect care homes with members of the community who share their interests, and through planning meaningful activities together, help to build long-lasting, links between care homes and their community.

As part of the project, we are looking to understand the existing connections between care homes and their local communities across the country. We are looking for care homes to fill out our survey. If you do, you could win an Alive! activity session for your care home or a £50 Amazon voucher.

To learn more about the project or to request a copy of the finished report email

Further Reading

Project Website //

Link to survey //

Information about Alive activities //

Social Media // @makingpals