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Move & Groove

Move and Groove is an intergenerational physical activity and music project which brings children and older adults together to take part in fun activity in care home settings.


Built on the success of YST’s Active Across Ages Programme and Intergenerational Music Making’s ‘Together with Music’ programme, Move and Groove will increase the confidence and wellbeing of children and older adults and give them a sense of being valued within their local community.

Training for school and care home staff along with capacity funding and resources will be provided. 

Move and Groove is an innovative pilot project combining the worlds of music and sport to deliver health and wellbeing outcomes for both the young and the older generation. This exciting new partnership between Intergenerational Music Making (IMM) and Youth Sport Trust (YST) will see the delivery of 10 Intergenerational Move and Groove projects. These projects are rooted in empowering groups and individuals, promoting new intergenerational connections, and showcasing the inherent relationship between music and movement.

Pairs of schools and care homes across England have been identified to work together on this exciting project. Members of staff from each setting will attend a regional training day at the end of April where they will learn how to run a project in their area, take part in and practice leading fun physical and music activities, learn how to create a welcoming environment for old and young, and discuss safeguarding considerations. They will be provided with a toolkit and bag of play and music equipment, and receive ongoing support from YST and IMM staff via phone calls and visits; and each other through regular online network meetings.

Each school will receive £500 to support their capacity to deliver the 6 week project and take part in a full evaluation led by South Bank University.

Each project will run for a minimum of 6 weeks starting in early May and concluding in June around the Queens Jubilee to celebrate the project impact and relationships developed.

For further information, please go to https://www.moveandgroove.org.uk/ or email [email protected].