TBT tackles social exclusion. There is overwhelming evidence that loneliness is an epidemic in the UK today, and the global pandemic has fast accelerated that 37.6% of UK COVID-19 deaths are care home residents. All care home residents have been isolated from their loved ones since March 2020.
(ONS May 2020)
Founded by professional storyteller, Gemma Gillard, the TBT curriculum was commissioned by the Church of England in 2015 to revive a community playgroup. But, passionate about reviving communities, Gemma worked hard to adapt and expand it to benefit all generations.
TBT has been running in the care home context since January 2019 with results and demand exceeding all expectations, even winning the prestigious Cinnamon Network Project Lab 2019 competition for innovative, community-led social action projects that are making a difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities.
We believe the church is God’s beautiful display of family, of intergenerational love and devotion, and TBT exists to show everyone that they’re invited to belong.
Storytelling for life.
1. Joyful life – exuberance for everyone:
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118: 24 (ESV)
2. Family life – a place and a purpose for everyone:
“… all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139: 16 (NIV)
3. Full life – restoration by God’s love for everyone:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”
Psalm 95: 7-8 (ESV)
TBT will be the most tested, trusted and transformative intergenerational activity in care homes across the UK.
TBT is an intergenerational project that brings joy, hope and life to care home residents. We equip churches with the resources, training and support to deliver creative storytelling activities that benefit 0-4s, their parents and residents.
We aim to restore intergenerational community which will improve the mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of everyone involved.
It’s not just about children and older adults.
TBT mobilises the ‘parent’ generation, creating a community that travels with them to the care home.
It’s not just a voluntary venture.
There is a social enterprise element for the Storyteller. Everyone benefits from and contributes to the success of the group.
There’s power in story not just benefit in songs.
There’s space for everyone to share experiences, to imagine and reminisce.
It’s not just the power of any story. TBT has Christian roots and references.
Stories are bespoke and tell of God’s lavish love.
TBT has been running in the care home context since January 2019 with results and demand exceeding all expectations. We are excited to have won our first award, which has launched TBT to expand and grow our Storytelling adventure. We’re looking forward to an exciting future with many more accolades to reward our hard work and commitment.
Project Lab 2019
“Through the process, I’ve become even more sure that the church network is a solution to a very big problem.”
– Gemma Gillard