We are delighted to announce our Connecting Communities seminar hosted by Reading Rooms from Verbal and My Home Life.

The full title of the seminar is:

Connecting care homes to their communities: Helping residents connect with places, people, and passions.

It will support care homes to develop their knowledge of person-centered care and will strengthen connections with their communities.

Location and booking

The seminar will be delivered first in Derry/Londonderry, and again in Belfast. Please choose one date and location. The seminar is free, but booking is essential.

Connecting Communities, Derry/Londonderry, Tuesday 10 April 2018 from 9.30am - 1.00pm

Connecting Communities, Belfast, Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 1.30pm - 5.00pm

What will this event do for me?

We will launch the My Home Life initiative ‘Care Home Friends and Neighbours’ (Care Home FaNs) in Northern Ireland.

Care Home FaNs will make it easier for you to open your care home doors and develop relationships with your local communities that will help your residents feel that they belong.

We will also introduce you to the creative work of the Reading Rooms pilot project, Bring down the walls, a literature intervention delivered by volunteers.

Verbal will demonstrate how Reading Rooms has helped to develop shared decision-making in care homes and enhanced community engagement.

Who is this seminar for?

Owners, directors, and managers of residential care homes and nursing homes
Health and Social Care Trust directors for older people's services
Public Health Agency services for older people 
RQIA (Inspectors for care homes)


Derry/Londonderry on Tuesday 10th April 2018
Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PU

Belfast on Wednesday 11th April 2018
Ulster Bank head office, 11-16 Donegall Square East Belfast BT1 5UB

Keynote speakers

Tom Owen, Director of My Home Life UK, City University, London

Assumpta Ryan

Professor Assumpta Ryan, Lead 'Caring for Older People and their Families', Person-centred Research Centre, Ulster University

Sarah Penney

Sarah Penney, Research Fellow and Project Manager My Home Life (NI), Ulster University

Jennifer Lindfield, Senior Development Officer & Social Action Lead, My Home Life, City University, London

Sinead Devine

Sinead Devine, Project Lead for older people, Verbal

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