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My Home Life Community involvement in care homes (Online) CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

A short course supporting busy care home practitioners to get the most out of their local community

Community engagement is a key priority for care homes wishing to drive up their reputation, attract the next generation of potential employees into the care home sector, attract future customers, and most importantly, to help residents to connect with the people, places and things that really matter to them. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have recently identified community engagement as a key characteristic of outstanding care homes. Establishing links with the community that aren’t face-to-face is even more vital given social distancing and the loneliness it can create.

This training helps you take forward your own ambitions for community engagement. You will be supported on your own journey to:

  • Bring children and young people closer to your care home
  • Enable community groups and clubs to interact with residents virtually
  • Invite people from your neighbourhoods to see a resident, drop off some donated magazines, films, books, write letters, play music, etc
  • Respond to the specific wishes of your residents - the big and little things that bring ‘light to life’.

If this is your ambition, let us help you get started!

My Home Life England has over 14 years of experience working with care homes. We have developed a programme called ‘Care Home Friends and Neighbours’ to make it easy for care homes to support neighbourliness and friendships that help care home residents feel cherished and part of civic and community life

Intergenerational Linking interactive workshops

For: Senior team leaders/Activity coordinators / wellbeing coordinators/ community connectors.

Details: 1 introductory call. 1 individual coaching sessions. 3 virtual sessions (2.5 hours each). Sessions take place once every three weeks.

We will cover all you need to know about getting started in community engagement. We will send you a box of materials that will accompany the course. During workshops you will be

  • working with small groups of like-minded practitioners and get to share experiences of community engagement and gather ideas to put into practice.
  • supported to consider what groundwork needs to be in place to help your care home feel welcoming and encouraging of outside individuals and organisations.
  • Considering how best to get the most out of current community relationships
  • Mapping your local community assets
  • Developing skills and growing confidence in approaching people from communities to engage with you, for example new people, schools, businesses and clubs.

You will receive a certificate of learning from City, University of London’s My Home Life England Programme.

Contact us: Email: Tel: 0207 040 5776

Module dates

November Cohort:


Introductory call and coaching session: To be agreed with participant

  • Workshop 1: Monday Nov 23rd (9.30-12)
  • Workshop 2: Monday December 14th (9.30-12)
  • Workshop 3: Monday January 11th (9.30-12)

January Cohort


  • Workshop 1: Monday 25th January (9.30-12)
  • Workshop 2: Monday February 15th (9.30-12)
  • Workshop 3: Monday March 15th (9.30-12)