Caritas Plymouth, in partnership with Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust, has started an ambitious 18-month funded project as part of an exciting national initiative known as Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking, which promotes young people’s engagement with older people living in care homes across England. Ten primary schools from Plymouth, Devon, Torbay and Dorset have now established links with local care homes and three have already started to make new connections.

St Mary’s RC Primary in Poole took part in their first inter-generational project with Magna Care Centre in July 2021. They painted rocks for ‘Our World Rocks’ Project. The school’s rocks were shared with the residents who sent photos of the ones they had painted. What a creative start to this new link!

We are grateful for a grant from the inter-generational linking initiative, which is run by partner organisations My Home Life England and The Linking Network, and is jointly funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust and the #iwill Fund, from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & SportFor more information about Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking, please visit the website and follow the project on Twitter 

If you would like to find out more about this project, please email