Vibrant Communities … the journey continues

Vibrant CommunitiesThe Vibrant Communities programme has been successfully rolled out across Keychange. Service leaders, activity leaders and other staff are being trained in creating vibrant communities that impact on the wellbeing of people living in our care homes.  The programme is having a positive impact on up to 250 people living across our services.

Days of laughter have been experienced around the country as both residents and staff participated in recreating favourite films such as ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’.  The opportunity to work creatively together, to “be curious, to be open and to be playful” has certainly improved wellbeing for all involved.  The Inspire events were captured on film and in photos that have been displayed and shown again and again in the homes as well as on our website.

Each day concluded with an Oscar ceremony when nominees were presented with an Oscar model that in many cases are proudly displayed.  Acceptance speeches were made by most recipients who were pleased to be in the spotlight for the moment. Many hidden talents came to the fore as we discovered a former ballerina, a person who had enjoyed amateur dramatics and a singer.  One of our residents who was in hospital asked to be discharged for the day in order to take part in ‘The Sound of Music’ – she became Maria for the day and married the manager!

The challenge remains to continue creating vibrancy within each home and to take opportunities for vibrancy in everyday life rather than just waiting for a big event to be planned.  In support of this, our partnership with Ladder to the Moon has continued into the new financial year.  Staff from each service have embarked on a new curriculum of development days combined with coaching that will help them keep the creative ideas flowing.  We will also have access to ideas and resources via Ladder To The Moon.  Keychange is also a member of the National Association of Providers of Activities who specialise in encouraging activities in residential care.

Our goal is to improve wellbeing and achieve an outstanding rating at each of our homes.  There is a clear overlap with our Christian ethos as together we aim to “be curious, open and playful”.

About Ladder to the Moon

laddertothemoonlogoLadder to the Moon (Community Interest Company) provides workforce and service development that enables health and care organisations to develop active, creative, vibrant care services. They use approaches that incorporate creativity and the arts, and involve staff, older people living with dementia and other long-term conditions, and the wider community.

Ladder to the Moon is a founder member of the National Skills Academy and has been supported by the Department of Health’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund. Over the past five years the team has worked with residential care and housing providers and commissioners of all sizes.

The video below shows some more scenes of the people living in our homes enjoying vibrant communities.

Keychange Community on Vimeo.