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Care Home Legends

The Care Home Legends Games is part of a pioneering initiative which aims to engage with residents of care homes by enabling them to partake in activities which will keep them active whilst interacting with residents from other care homes.

After the successful delivery of The Care Home Legends Pilot Games in November 2022.A partnership consisting of Tees Active, Stockton Councils Transformation team and the Care Home Physical Activity Coordinators decided to organise a larger Care Home Legends Games. Working with Billingham Ice Skating Club they also arranged 2 visits to Billingham Forum Ice Arena. One visit included a figure skating display given by Tees Active Sports Academy members Annalise Jones, Faith Freeman, and Lola Reay. The second visit was a Christmas Show involving the young children of Billingham Ice Skating Club.

Care Home Legends Project Summary

15 Care Homes

Over 100 participants from 15 Care Homes, consisting of a mix of older persons residential, learning disability and mental health residential care homes, descended on Thornaby Pavilion to take part in the annual Care Home Legends Games.

Group Warm Up

The event started with a Funky4Life warm up led by Leanne Oxley and assisted by the children from Treetops Nursery.

Multi Sport Events

Competing in such events as Hungry Henrys, Cup Stacking, Balloon Keepy Up, Archery, Table Tennis, Netball, a Bean Bag Shoot Out and North Riding FA Shape the Play Coach Shaemela Khan put participants through their paces in an energy packed chair-based exercise session.

Pupil Volunteers

Each different event was led by pupils from St Michaels RC Academy and volunteers from Knights Solicitors and Tees Active.

Live Stream Video

Tees Active live streamed the event into the care homes across the borough so non-participating residents could cheer on their teams.


The event also included a performance from 6 members of ARCulele, a group of ukulele players who meet weekly at Stockton ARC.

“I like the atmosphere, I like the people, I like the games, and I like the smiles”.

– 100-year-old Care Home resident Joyce from Wellburn House

“It’s been absolutely wonderful to see this fun event that is great for community cohesion and health and wellbeing, and I am exceptionally proud of the partnership work that has taken place and hope it continues for long into the future.”

– Chief Executive of Stockton-on-Tees Council, Mike Greene

“I really enjoyed going  to the Care Home Legends Games. It was brilliant seeing residents enjoy themselves and engaging in activities. There was not one resident that I saw looking miserable. It was great seeing their faces light up when they came over to the activity I was stationed at.”

– St Michaels School Pupil, Theo Linton

“What an unbelievable experience for our young Academy students. Throughout the day they were fully engaged with the care home residents, and they thoroughly enjoyed the friendships made and the facilitation of the activities. All the students were so thankful that they had been given the opportunity to be involved in this fantastic occasion and helped bring local communities more closely together.”

– PLM lead at St Michael’s RC Academy, Tony Hall

Funding Partners

The Care Home Legends pilot was a collaboration between Tees Active and a number of local partner organisations. This includes Tees Active, Stockton Council, St Michaels RC Academy, Hillcare, SSL Healthcare Ltd, Funky Feet and Treetops Nursery.

Project Outcomes & Outputs

Resounding Success

The event was a resounding success and has proved that this type of event could be scaled up to include more homes and therefore more care home residents

Live Streaming

Tees Active's marketing team have now proved that the streaming of a live event via a private link to You Tube is achievable. It should be noted that relations of residents and Treetops children accessed the live stream

Event Video

Ben Brown from White House produced a video of the event which perfectly demonstrates to all care homes in the borough the joy of their residents in attending the event and is a superb promotional asset

Positive Feedback

Staff from St Michael's have reported on the positive feedback received from their pupils as regards their experience on the day

The Legacy and Future Partnership

Stockton Care Homes have really ‘bought in to’ the Care Home legends programme and it has been a catalyst for more coordinated physical activity and social events between Care Homes. Residents and staff are more confident and motivated in engaging with the scheme and events throughout the year.

More partners are involved with the delivery of events and the intergenerational aspect of Care Home Legends and the programme is embedded in Tees Actives physical activity programme.

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