Our imaginative healthcare projects make an immediate and lasting difference to the lives of older people. Our teaching and training programmes make our expertise available to everyone.
We started KiB in 2009 as a way of sharing hundreds of simple but powerful ideas that make a world of difference to older, vulnerable people in hospitals, care homes and the community.
To bring our ideas to life, we created supported volunteering projects; giving young people a framework to use their talents to light up the day for older people, through music, art, pampering, drama or cookery, or just having a lovely chat. We noticed that everyone benefits when the generations come together: the young feel valued; the old feel valuable when they get the chance to tell their stories and pass on their experience. Healthcare staff feel uplifted, energised and more connected to the people they’re caring for.
NHS leaders asked us how we could replicate this multi-generational magic, so we created a range of accredited courses to capture the KiB experience. We call our programme ‘creative thoughtfulness’. It includes CPD courses, educational courses, and individual/group courses, all packed with imaginative ways to make life better for older people.
“The beauty of the Kissing it Better model is that everyone involved benefits – the patients and their carers, the staff, those giving their time, the provider as a whole and the community.”
NHS England evaluation report.
Thousands of older people living in residential care have little or no choice over the clothes they put on every morning.
by Jill Fraser, Chief Executive
Imagine what it feels like to be confined to one room, with no sense of what’s going on outside.
Helping others boosts happiness by keeping you connected, and making you realise how great it feels to make someone else smile.
We offer a range of teaching and training courses, all accredited by SfJ Awards. Our level 1-3 qualifications are suitable for students, healthcare staff and companies, as well as for individuals and groups. We also offer an accredited learning programme (ALP), and a one-day ‘awareness’ course.
KiB is committed to safeguarding and protecting every person we work with – young and old – and we expect all staff, associates, trustees and volunteers to share this commitment.
KiB is a dynamic organisation and we’d like to work with you. There are many ways to get involved, from becoming a volunteer, to signing up for one of our courses. Everyone we inspire can make a difference – together, we can help make life better for older people everywhere.