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

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

July 2020

At KiB, we are all about conversations between young and old. Now we’d like you to talk to your older relatives about how people survived the homesickness and isolation caused by wartime separation and diseases like scarlet fever and tuberculosis. You will learn a lot, and your work could be published in an important new book.

We have partnered with the Stratford Literary Festival to explore older people’s experiences of isolation in their youth: In My Day – Memories of Isolation will be a published collection of these memories, recorded by their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

‘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,’ says Kissing it Better founder Jill Fraser. ‘We are asking them to share their memories with their young relatives or friends over the summer, and we will be publishing a selection of them in this unique collection.’

‘Young people have missed out on so many elements of their education over the long weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown,’ adds Stratford Literary Festival Director, Annie Ashworth. ‘This project will not only teach them how to interview someone and create a piece of writing, but will also help them to understand their relatives’ lives – elements of which have been brought into sharp focus over recent months.’

To get involved, chat with an older person – grandparent, great grandparent or family friend – and ask them about times in their lives when they might have had to cope alone. It could be their experience of being an evacuee, facing emigration, quarantine during a childhood illness, or travelling alone. Ask them questions about how they felt, and what they saw to jog their memories and put the experience into context – for example when it happened, where they lived

Working on this project will count towards the volunteering element of your Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For more details about how to get involved, download this document: In My Day