Care Home Friends and Neighbours is a programme run by My Home Life England. It helps care homes connect with their local communities and vice versa by encouraging Friendships and Neighbourliness. According to one of the instigators of this great initiative, Julienne Meyer, ‘for too long, care homes for older people have been seen as ‘islands of the old’. Collectively, we wish to change this by creating opportunities for older people living in care homes to once again feel connected to the local people, places and passions that make up community life’.
The programme is now actively seeking grant applications from organisations based in England who are interested in linking, in a meaningful way, children aged 5 to 14 years with adults living in care homes. Applicants may be charities, non-for-profit organisations, or local authorities.
The Care Home Friends and Neighbours programme is jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (as part of their #iwill fund) and the Dunhill Medical Trust.