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.

CACH aims: 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; and to promote learning between younger and older generations.

The project is currently funded by the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

Since September 2008 CACH has organised over 580 events in care homes, including performances by school children, music, dance and theatre, reminiscence and life story work and intergenerational work.

Music featured in most events. Participants included keyboard, guitar and accordion players, harpists, Scene 2 musical theatre group, Callander Chimes hand bell ringers, the Strummers ukelele band, 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 brought enjoyment and interest to younger and older generations alike; stimulated intergenerational learning; improved wellbeing and increased the social inclusion of frail older residents and those with dementia; and 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.

For further information email the following, replacing '(at)' with the at symbol: cach(at)forthvalleyu3a.org.uk

An information sheet about the project is available here:

-fileCACH information sheet