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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We can’t take our talented volunteers into care homes and hospitals at the moment, but that doesn’t stop us working to end the isolation and loneliness of people confined to care homes during lockdown.
We call it ‘singing outside the box’. Almost every day, somewhere in the country, our singers perform from care home gardens and through open windows at hospitals. Every session is meticulously planned with healthcare providers, and carried out within government guidelines.
“Music connects people and instantly lifts spirits,” says KiB’s Jill Fraser. “It’s as though we are singing the life back into people’s lives. The response has been incredible.
“Our work is needed more now than ever before. Thousands of older people are sitting inside care homes, cut off from their families, feeling anxious and often confused about why they can no longer see their loved ones.”
Our singers provide a powerful human connection. Their performances create a feeling of joy and togetherness, not just for patients and care home residents, but also for the hard-working staff who look after them.
“A KiB singer is like a modern-day Vera Lynn, raising morale at the front line, and sending a message that we have not forgotten the people inside,” says Jill Fraser. “We will meet again.”
Here’s Rebekka, singing on VE Day in Ilkely West Yorkshire, at the Emmanjay Court complex …