Move & Groove


Move & Groove was designed to enhance and accelerate intergenerational practice nationally through this fusion of music and movement to alleviate common problems of loneliness, isolation, and obesity, whilst improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people and older generations.

What we did

Move & Groove aimed to empower care givers, education staff and volunteers in actively supporting the wellbeing and mental health of those within care homes and schools through a partnership between the Youth Sport Trust and Intergenerational Music Making.

It involved the delivery of 10 pilot projects which linked schools with their local care homes. These projects were rooted in empowering groups and individuals, promoting new intergenerational connections, and showcasing the inherent relationship between music and movement.

Our team worked to find new intergenerational community connections providing exciting opportunities to embed music and physical activity in new relationships between care settings and schools. We empowered teachers, care givers and young leaders by giving them new skills in using music and movement to support wellbeing and connect communities.

Intergenerational music and physical activity specialists then supported groups and Activators (teachers, care staff and young leaders) as they deliver a six week project taking their new skills and tools and putting them into practice.

Setting choices were based on those with limited access to music and sport, young people from low socio-economic backgrounds, groups identified who needed further support in building connections, and those with limited funding and resources.

The pilots took place in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire), Ashford (Kent), Great Bookham (Surrey), Twickenham (Surrey), Wimbledon (London), Bury (Lancashire), Reigate (Surrey), New Brighton (Merseyside), Weymouth (Dorset), and Matlock (Derbyshire).

We are currently seeking funding to make Move & Groove available to more schools and older people's settings. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact [email protected].