KiB and COVID-19

Older people feel more alone and isolated than ever before now that care homes and most hospitals have cancelled visits. The crisis hasn’t stopped KiB: our singers are spreading cheer at a safe distance – on doorsteps, through windows, and in the streets.

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Kissing it Better

News and updates

Get your writing published in a new book of family memories.

July 2020

Do you have older relatives or family friends with valuable memories to share? Lockdown has meant millions of older people have had to spend time alone, away from family and friends – but for many of them it won’t be the first time they have experienced isolation. Ask them to share their memories with you, and your work could feature in a new book published by the Stratford Literary Festival this autumn.

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How to get involved in our volunteering-from-home programme

July 2020

There’s a new look to our timetable of Zoom sessions. We’re still running regular zooms to support our volunteering-from-home programme (approved by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award). But we’re now also offering a host of specialist sessions and masterclasses. These new zooms give us the chance to delve more deeply into the challenges of old age, and look at how you can help support older people in your community – great for students who want to pursue a career in healthcare. Read on for more details.

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Singing outside the box!

May 2020

Since lockdown began, KiB singers have been lifting the spirits of older, vulnerable people by performing outside care homes and in hospital gardens. These sessions send a powerful message of hope and togetherness, showing older people that they have not been forgotten by the outside world.

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Great Granny Remembers: How people survived separation, isolation and quarantine 80 years ago

April 2020

We’re all feeling anxious under lockdown and missing friends and family. So let’s take advice from the people who lived through quarantine, homesickness and isolation 80 years ago. Help KiB capture inspirational wartime stories for a new generation to learn from and enjoy.

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Calling all creatives – we need your help to connect and inspire

Help us spread messages of hope and togetherness. Send us your poetry, your artwork and your inspirational articles and we will share them with lonely older people to show them that the world still cares.

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How to start a conversation in March

March 2020

Spring brings lighter days and lovely flowers and lots of fresh new conversation openers. Here are five to be getting on with….

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How to start a conversation in February

February 2020

As you know, we love to bring the generations together to tell stories – but it can be tricky to start a conversation with someone who’s so much older than you. Here are five ways to kick-start a lovely warm chat in February…

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Calling all DofE students!

January 2020

We’re running open evenings for DofE students who want to volunteer with us. If you’re working towards your Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and you live in Birmingham or London, please join us to find out how you can sign up for healthcare volunteering experience through KiB.

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Tarantara sings for Kissing it Better

January 2020

If you love music and live in the Midlands, please join us for a fundraising evening with the fabulous Tarantara choir.

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Working with KiB builds character – it’s official!

January 2020

The DofE’s brand new list of teenage life hacks signposts young people towards experiences that build character and confidence. And KiB offers three of the top five suggestions.

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