The Cares Family Disco – bringing the generations together across the UK
Posted by Alex Smith on 1st May 2020
In times of challenge and change, it's sometimes necessary to adapt how we operate and try new things. That's certainly been the case at The Cares Family. Over the past six weeks, we've suspended our programmes bringing older and younger people together face-to-face because our neighbours' health is our number one priority. But, with older and younger people being the most at risk of social isolation, we've also worked hard to rapidly shift how we work.
That's created unexpected moments of magic and joy – and new opportunities for connection. One young person, who used to be part of North London Cares and, having moved up north two years ago is now part of Manchester Cares, has been able to reconnect online with old friends by joining Virtual Social Clubs without leaving her home. Another younger neighbour, Phoebe, who used to lead Saturday morning yoga for older people in London, has Zoomed into online yoga with her old pals.
But one of the most special moments in this community – in this family – was when all five of our local charities (East London Cares, Liverpool Cares, Manchester Cares, South London Cares and North London Cares) came together for a whole Cares Family Disco.
50 older and younger people dressed up, sang, and boogied on a Thursday night – bringing joy in a moment of difficulty. That intergenerational connection and solidarity across cities of meaning is what The Cares Family is all about. We're so thrilled to see this community growing in new ways.