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 July

July 2019

Five fantastic intergenerational ice-breakers for the month of July:

1 End of term

School’s out for summer any day now. Do older people still remember the moment the bell rang for the last time (until September). What did they get up to in the long summer holidays? And how much of it would you (or could you) do today?

2 Wimbledon

The Wimbledon greats of last century are always a good talking point: John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, and Bjorn Borg. How did they compare to today’s top seeds? Are players better behaved today? Search for ‘John McEnroe’s tantrums’ for the answer to that one!

3 Family holidays

Travel abroad didn’t really become a thing for ordinary people until the 1960s, and even then, most families stayed in the UK. Do people remember their first ever package tour? Was Benidorm better than Blackpool?

4 The 1976 heatwave

The summer of ’76 was a real scorcher – the driest, hottest and sunniest summer of the century. What did people do to stay cool?

5 Holiday jobs

From paper rounds, to running errands for the neighbours, most children had summer holiday jobs. How much did they earn? What did they spend the money on?