Care for care homes
Over the next few weeks we’re asking our young people to collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness to help residents in their local care home.
Join us in reducing the loneliness and improving the wellbeing of people in care homes as we collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness.
Care homes have been hit incredibly hard by the current global pandemic, from residents falling ill to being separated from their loved ones. Our young people have told us that they usually help care homes throughout the year and that the current crisis shouldn’t stop that from happening.
That’s why over the next few weeks we’re asking our young people to collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness to help residents in their local care home, become kindness champions and show that they ‘care for care homes’. From crafts to letters, videos to swapping skills, our young people will help care home residents to feel less lonely and more connected during the current health crisis.
Hear from Scouts Ambassador, Ed Stafford...
Make sure the care home is ready
Before getting stuck into any of these activities, let a responsible adult reach out to your local care home and ask them the best way that your young people can get in touch and help. To find and get in touch with a care home near you, head over to: https://www.carehome.co.uk/
It’s really important to get in touch first to make sure the care home is able to participate fully – so the responsible adult could ask them things like:
- Are they able to receive physical things?
- Is there something in particular they might like or not like?
- Are they comfortable that this is a safe activity for young people to take part in, and will they make sure no resident enters into one-to-one communication with a young person?
Choose your act of kindness
Decide what you can do safely from home that would both help a care home resident to feel happier and less lonely, but is also fun and challenging for you. Here are some suggestions:
Guidance for adults
For support on how to use Zoom and online video services, go to: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/staying-safe-online/digital-platforms-for-scouts/
If you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
Be one in 10,000
Be one in 10,000 by recording your act of kindness for care homes today.Record your action