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Kissing it Better

Kissing it Better is an innovative healthcare charity that aims to provide inspirational and practical programmes to make life better for older and other vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals. We are inspired by the work of Florence Nightingale, who believed that simple things can make the world of difference: an engaging conversation, a song or a poem; even a game of scrabble or a lovely view, can lift the spirits and light up the day. But these are the things that hard-pressed nursing and care staff struggle to organise. KIB creates regular and sustainable programmes for diverse groups of students, so young people can give their time and talents to deliver projects that prompt conversations, forge friendships, and make a real difference to healthcare.

1 August 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Arts, Care, Communication, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Medical, Schools
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Promoting the use of music, poetry, literature, pampering sessions and conversation as therapeutic tools to help communication and forge intergenerational friendships Sharing examples of good practice through our website Running training courses for students and community groups to help broaden the understanding of conditions that affect older people, such as dementia, stroke, arthritis Working directly with hospital trust and care homes to create programmes of activities offering stimulation, companionship and conversation Creating community cohesion, by empowering local people to help support the delivery of non-clinical care Helping to form partnerships with other charities, such as the Alzheimer's Society

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our main challenges are financial, which means we can't grow as fast as we would like. We are a tiny organisation, but we are already active in 40 hospitals and care homes across the country, and we run programmes for more than a thousand students, in scores of universities, schools and colleges.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Increase awareness of dementia with young people

    Before and after each session we will give students information about dementia and a thorough debrief so they can discuss the experience of interacting with a person who has dementia. We will also make sure the students know where they can find more information, such as attending a dementia friends session.

  • Connect people with dementia and students through projects

    We use projects such as art, music and dance to start a conversation between people with dementia and young people, such as students from local colleges. This direct experience of interacting benefits both parties, and gives young people a greater understanding of supporting someone with dementia to live well.

  • Support with linking a local school and residential home members

    We will support the Leeds Dementia Friendly Campaigner to create a music project, bringing together a local school in Leeds with residents of a care home.

    Initial Scoping