What’s on offer?
We deliver intergenerational storytelling groups in care homes, in churches and online. Every session features a storytelling theme (such as water, transport, or safari) as well as a bible-based truth (such as I am Loved, I am Welcome, or I am Special).
Our Storytellers use a special bag covered in pockets and full of reminiscent props to bring these themes and truths to life. We sing songs, tell stories, and enjoy being family together.
What can I expect?
Face to face sessions
Aim? To give families and residents the opportunity to participate in an activity together that is beneficial for all whilst enjoying each other’s company and appreciating everyone’s contributions.
How? (The following elements can be adapted to make them as safe as possible when the restrictions allow)
10:30 – All the families meet together at the care home, we sign in and write our name labels.
10:40 – We are taken up to the resident’s lounge, entering with a song and lots of smiles.
10:45 – The Storyteller introduces the theme and we say ‘hello’ in fun and imaginative ways!
10:50 – Our little friends pick props out of the special TBT bag and they share (with your help!) an item with one of our older friends. The prop corresponds to a nursery rhyme and we sing it together.
11:00 – Story time! We all get involved, included and encouraged by the tale of the day.
11:05 – After a little bit of listening, we need a good jiggle so we dance to something vintage and encourage everyone who can move in any way to join in.
11:10 – There’s time for a few more pockets, props and songs.
11:20 – We blow bubbles, play with a parachute and listen to a calming song.
11:25 – Sticker time!
11:30 – The care home provide a light lunch for the children, things like hummus, breadsticks, vegetable sticks, fruit and little sandwiches. And we get to have a cuppa! We can then sip, nibble and chat with each other and the residents.
12:00 – Feel free to leave when it’s right for you and your little one.
Aim? To give children the chance to sing songs, listen to a story and share their family with care home residents who will enjoy the life and laughter that they bring. Zoom sessions also give the opportunity for families to ‘meet’ with other local, likeminded families.
How? The Storyteller will send around the Zoom link to the families in the group and the care home, all of whom will log on for the session which will last for approximately 45 minutes. Using our special bag, we introduce the theme by creatively greeting everyone involved, we sing some beautifully recorded, memorable nursery rhymes and do all of the actions. We then listen to a short 5 minute story and have some bubbles before saying goodbye to our friends of all ages. We try to keep our sessions as energetic and interactive as possible and we love and encourage spontaneous contributions of everyone in the group both young and old!