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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‘The standard of work has been exceptional,’ says KiB founder Jill Fraser. ‘Kissing it Better is all about creating conversations between young and old, and this project has created a fantastic talking point for our students. They have learned the most astonishing stories about overcoming adversity from their older relatives. Many are seeing their grandparents and great-grandparents in a new light. And all our students say they have been deeply moved by the experience of interviewing their loved ones for this project.’
Stratford Literary Festival Director, Annie Ashworth agrees: ‘Young people have missed out on so many elements of their education over the long weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown. This project has shown them how to interview someone and create a piece of writing, but it’s also helped them to understand their relatives’ lives’.’
The book is due to be published in November.