Families

Back in 2015, I was commissioned by an Anglican church in South East London to create and launch the TBT storytelling curriculum to breathe new life into their playgroup.

After we moved to Poole and struck by the number of care homes in our area, I decided to launch a similar group in this setting. It absolutely confirmed that older adults are just you and me but… well… older! And that our need for joy, hope, fun, laughter and family never ends. Being a mum of three myself, I also know how important it is for us and our little ones to sing, story and socialise and I personally love the chance to have more fun with friends of all ages. We’d love you to join us!

Gemma x

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.

Virtual sessions

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!

Benefits to families

Development

Sessions encourage children’s creativity and language development.

Imagination and self-confidence is developed as everyone’s contributions are welcome and valued.

Socialising

Sessions provide a place for families to connect with others in the community.

Parents can enjoy the company of and connect with older adults.

Making a Difference

Parents have the chance to see their children bringing joy to those who need it.

TBT offers the chance to be a part of changing the stigma of society by highly valuing the older generation.

What are people saying?

I took my two girlies to TBT at Regency Manor today. What a heartwarming experience. We have been to many types of playgroups and singalong type things before to mostly just fill time and simply entertain the kids, but this was such a beautifully deep and meaningful time. The storytelling and songs were great, engaging everyone and overflowing with enthusiasm and seeing everyone singing and playing catch with the balloons was fab, but the best bit was the conversations with my 4 year old in the car on the way home…the questions it sparked about ‘Pat’ and ‘Fred’ who she met. It made me realise how alien and separated the generations are and how wonderful it was to be part of healing that gap.” 

Clemetine

Group Mum

Find a TBT Group

Please locate your nearest group and contact the relevant Storyteller to reserve your place who will get in contact with you directly with further details. Then tell your friends about this new group you’re going to be a part of! Our hope is that TBT will benefit our community but that can only happen with the help of special people like you. If you have any questions, please do just get in touch.

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