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

How to start a conversation in August

August 2019

Guide & Scout Camps

Ask about being a Guide, Scout, Cub or Brownie and you’ll be rewarded with tales that seem daringly dangerous today: small boys with huge knives and groups of youngsters romping across the countryside with nobody over the age of 13 to supervise them.

Long Summer Bike Rides

Back in the day, having a bike was a ticket to freedom for most children. Parents rarely asked where they were going, or when they’d be back.

Sweet Shops

Sweets came in bottles and were handed to you in a paper bag. Ask about liquorice dabs, jamboree bags, sherbet, black jacks and acid drops …or even better, take some classic sweets to taste (if you are visiting a hospital or care home, check with staff first).

Visits from Relatives

Summer meant visits from cousins and grannies and all kinds of remote family you rarely saw for the rest of the year. How did people cope with just one bathroom – or worse, just one outside toilet?

Back to School

In the days before supermarkets, families visited ‘school outfitters’ to buy stiff and expensive uniforms that had to last all year. It was a depressing business that made everyone grumpy.