Dealing With Loneliness | Adopt a Grandparent

19 May, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read
Dealing with loneliness is never easy; but with the help of the Adopt a Grandparent campaign, our residents have had the opportunity to make lifelong friendships with members of the community.

The match-making charity looks to pair members of the community with compatible elderly care home residents, all in the hope of combating loneliness and spreading joy.
Shaleeza Hasham filming segment for The One Show about dealing with loneliness
↑ Shaleeza Hasham filming for The One Show

About ‘Adopt a Grandparent’

Since its launch, the Adopt a Grandparent campaign has seen nearly 90,000 people sign up across the globe to adopt their very own ‘grandparents’.


Adopt a Grandparent has not only helped to reduce feelings of loneliness, but it’s also given people something positive to focus on during the pandemic, and for many, it’s helped them to fill a void felt by the loss of their own grandparents or a lack of grandparent figures in their lives.


The campaign has proven to be a great source of comfort and connection for both the volunteers and the grandparents, and continues to do so even as we move out of lockdown.

At present, Adopt a Grandparent is only available in our CHD Living care homes, but it will soon be rolled out to care homes across the country as it continues to bring joy and comfort to the lives of our elderly community.
Ken and Amy are dealing with loneliness through Adopt a Grandparent campaign
↑ Ken and Amy were matched through Adopt a Grandparent

Ken and Amy

One of our residents Ken, from The Summers, was matched with Amy, a 14-year-old who signed up to Adopt a Grandparent as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Amy and Ken have been speaking twice a week for a couple of months, and Amy regularly sings and plays the guitar to Ken.


In a heartwarming moment on The One Show, she sang 'Fast Car' by Tracy Chapman to him.


Ken lives with bipolar disorder and the initiative has been wonderful in helping to lower his anxiety.

Marion and Michelle were matched through Adopt a Grandparent
↑ Marion and Michelle decorating cupcakes

Marion and Michelle


Our resident Marion, from Brownscombe Care Residences, was matched with Michelle at the start of the pandemic and they’ve stayed in regular contact over the past year.


The duo bonded over their shared love of baking, and so it was fitting that for their first in-person meeting, they enjoyed some cupcake decorating together.


We’d like to thank the BBC for showcasing our wonderful intergenerational relationships on The One Show, which helped us to highlight the importance of dealing with loneliness within our elderly communities.


Due to an overwhelming number of people signing up to ‘Adopt a Grandparent’, applications have temporarily closed. Check the ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ website for more information about the re-opening for applicants.


Alternatively, to learn about other ways in which we’ve been dealing with loneliness over the past year, read our previous blog.

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