6 Week Intergenerational
Music & Movement Programme
Awards For All - Community Fund
In July 2021 Holistic Harmonies received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for us to deliver our 6 week Music & Movement Programme in 3 care homes and 1 community setting.
Beginning in January 2022, once Covid 19 lockdown rules had eased, we headed in to meet our groups. We made a decision to focus only on the older generation at this point as the health and wellbeing of this group has been severely affected, and we wanted to ease ourselves in gently.
We now feel ready to bring families with babies and pre-school age children into these settings so they can meet each other. Using our specifically designed Music & Movement programme we will start to build a sense of community together to support health, wellbeing, and social connection.
The videos and photos in the gallery demonstrate our sessions at Christopher Grange Care Home in Huyton, Liverpool, and Safe Regeneration (a community venue) in Bootle, Liverpool.
A little bit of background...
In 2019 Holistic Harmonies worked with Clare McCarroll, an older person’s specialist physiotherapist, to run a programme of intergenerational music and movement sessions in a nursing home in Liverpool. The programme engaged residents, alongside local parents and their pre-school children in six free one hour-long sessions incorporating familiar songs and accessible dance movements. The intention of the programme was to bring benefits to the residents who are often isolated, to encourage movement, positive feelings, and to provide an opportunity to allow for social connections to occur between generations.
In order to understand the impact of the programme on participants, Holistic Harmonies worked with Shortwork to gather qualitative findings of the benefits of involvement from the prospective residents, parents, children, session leaders and nursing home staff, as well as the challenges encountered along the way.
The evaluation supports previous studies highlighting the benefits of involvement in intergenerational sessions for young children and older adults. These include fun and enjoyment, increased activity and movement, life enhancing social interactions, and a sense of purpose and of making a positive contribution to others.