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

In My Day: isolation then and now

September 2020

‘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.