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 October

October 2019

Five fantastic intergenerational ice-breakers for October:


It’s an ancient Celtic tradition that’s long been celebrated in Scotland and has now become popular across the UK (mainly thanks to America!). What did people do in the old days? What do they think of the modern trend for children ‘trick-or-treating’ round the houses?

 Getting Dark Early

Who remembers walking home from primary school alone in the dark? Were children less molly-coddled? Was that a good thing?


Children have always loved gathering conkers and stringing them up for knockout contests in the playground. What was the best way to create a champion conker? Some swear soaking in vinegar worked a treat. What do older people think about the ban on conker contests in some schools due to health and safety concerns?

Hibernating Pets

October was the time to put your tortoise to bed for the winter. Older people will remember their children faithfully following the Blue Peter guide to hibernating tortoises.

Half-term Activities

Half term was often spent making a lifelike Guy for bonfire night, which would be loaded onto a wheelbarrow or pram and paraded round the streets to shouts of ‘Penny for the Guy, mister!’. The money raised would be spent on fireworks for November 5th. The poor Guy went on the bonfire…