Cultural Activities in Care Homes

Cultural Activities in Care Homes (CACH) is an innovative project within Forth Valley U3A. CACH members, through personal and professional experience, were concerned at the lack of meaningful activities for older people living in long term care. The project was launched in 2008.

The CACH aims are:
• to provide stimulating activities and a broad range of cultural and leisure opportunities to residents of local care homes and other long term care settings for older people
• to enhance the quality of care home residents’ lives and encourage their inclusion in meaningful activities
• to promote learning between younger and older generations.

The project is currently funded by the Foundation Scotland and by Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership Ideas, Innovation, Improvement Fund administered by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) and Clackmannanshire Third Sector interface (CTSi).

Since September 2008 CACH has organised over 660 events in care homes, including performances by school children, music, dance and theatre, reminiscence and life story work and intergenerational work.

Music has featured in most events. Participants have included keyboard, guitar and accordion players, the Shoogelele ukelele band, harpists, the Scene 2 musical theatre group, Callander Chimes hand bell ringers, Sing Stirling, the Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band, Ochil Scottish Country Dance group, Queen Victoria School Pipe Band, and the Big Noise Orchestra.

All these activities have brought enjoyment and interest to younger and older generations alike, have stimulated intergenerational learning, have improved wellbeing and increased the social inclusion of frail older residents and those with dementia, and have provided opportunities for volunteering in the local community.

The CACH project was awarded Stirling Community Planning Partnership CLD Best Practice in Adult Learning 2010. The project was shortlisted for the Herald Society Awards 2011 in the Older People’s Project of the Year category. In 2014 the project was awarded Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Volunteering Award Volunteer Project of the Year - Arts and Culture. In 2015 the CACH project was awarded Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Inspiring Volunteer Awards Arts and Culture Award. In 2017 the CACH project was awarded Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) Inspiring Volunteer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health and Wellbeing.

You can get in touch by email via the Contact Us page.

An information sheet about the project can be obtained from:

fileCACH Leaflet November 2017