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

New KiB book tells tales of isolation from long ago

December 2020

This year, Covid caused untold loneliness, suffering and separation. But for many older people, the experience of spending long periods alone is nothing new. KiB students interviewed older friends and loved ones to uncover astonishing stories of isolation and loneliness from the past. The result is a new book called In My Day. It’s a gripping read – buy it for someone you love this Christmas!

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Singalong with Kissing it Better

November 2020

Ever since the very first lockdown, KiB singers have been performing outside care homes and in hospital gardens across the country. Now we’ve created a sunny singalong video that captures the joy of these sessions. Please share with your older friends and relatives – and get the whole family singing along to our favourite vintage songs!

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Volunteering-from-home: virtual visits to care homes now part of our VFH programme

October 2020

Our volunteering-from-home programme is developing at pace. We now offer three different zoom sessions. ‘Valuing Older People’ is approved by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Our specialist masterclasses add extra value if you’re working towards a career in healthcare. And our brand new ‘Zooming into Care Homes’ project is a great way to connect with older people, and share their stories.

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In My Day: isolation then and now

September 2020

KiB students have been interviewing older relatives about times of isolation and loneliness in their youth – from wartime evacuation to quarantine for deadly diseases. Now these stories are set to be published in an important collection called ‘In My Day, Memories of Isolation’, by the Stratford Literary Festival.

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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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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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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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