The CareTech Foundation has awarded a community grant of £10,000 to The Together Project to support its Crafting Connections project.
Crafting Connections partners children and older adults in care homes to create artwork on a given topic each month and swap it in the post, along with some themed ‘fun facts’ about themselves. This popular project currently has a waiting list of 60 children who would like to be paired with a new older friend.
The project is run by national charity The Together Project, which aims to boost wellbeing, reduce loneliness, and foster stronger, happier communities by creating joyful intergenerational experiences.
The CareTech Foundation receives an annual donation of 2.5 per cent pre-tax profit from leading social care provider CareTech Holdings Limited. This donation is used by the foundation to deliver meaningful impact to communities in the UK and overseas by supporting and championing the social care sector, care workers, and those living in care.
CareTech Foundation CEO Jonathan Freeman MBE said: “The Foundation is delighted to award a Community Grant to The Together Project to support Crafting Connections. The high demand for the project underlines its value and importance in care homes. Intergenerational projects connect children and older people to come together to create beautiful arts and crafts. The Foundation is confident this project will be a resounding success”.
The Together Project founder and CEO Louise Goulden said: “The response from both the care homes and families has been amazing. There are so many benefits for the residents and we’ve got all these children lined up, just waiting to send their new friends something for Christmas. We’ve made it really easy for new care homes to sign up through our website.”
For a flat fee of £10 per month, care homes can sign up as many residents as they want at craftingconnections.org.uk