A unique new initiative will see creative kits full of things to do delivered to 16,000 older people across Greater Manchester thanks to funding from Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery Community Fund and GMCVO-led programme Ambition For Ageing.
Even as restrictions around coronavirus continue to lift in England, many older people still face the prospect of being isolated at home for many weeks, particularly those who do not have access to the internet.
The Creative Care Kit contains a range of activities that can be completed at home using materials that are provided in a box, including an activity book, art supplies and a seed bomb.
There are more than 40 pages of activities from 25 organisations and groups including the People’s History Museum, Bury Met and Arc Stockport. Activities include music, writing, craft, horticulture and drawing.
The kits will be assembled over the next week by more than 100 volunteers from businesses, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, cultural organisations and members of the pubic, working together in shifts at the University of Salford.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working together with the 10 Greater Manchester councils and organisations based in the boroughs to identify who will receive the kit and how it will reach them.