Evenings in care homes can be quiet and lonely, so every week Magic Me volunteers host cocktail parties - an occasion for volunteers and residents to socialise together.
Due to ill health, frailty and diminished energy, care home residents can't pop down the pub or out to socialise with friends. Those whose families live far away might not have any visitors or even see anyone from outside the home for weeks at a time. We set up Cocktails in Care Homes in 2010 to change this. Now thanks to our growing team of volunteers, we run monthly parties in nine London care homes.
And whether you are a volunteer, a care home, a local authority or a business looking to develop volunteering for your staff, there are all kinds of ways to get involved.
Cocktails in Care Homes is supported by The Henry Smith Charity, Santander Foundation and the People's Postcode Trust as well as individual givers and corporate partners. We are especially grateful to The Aurum Foundation and The ExPat Foundation for their support in creating the new website.