We all remember fondly the stories told to us as youngsters, often before bedtime, and the quality time spent reading them with loved ones. Unfortunately, we know not every child is lucky enough to have a grandparent to read to them, so we wanted to provide an alternate experience for families to enjoy.
That’s why this year, to celebrate National Storytelling Week – and to promote a love of literature in all ages – residents from our Cavell Court care home, in Norwich, have created short videos retelling four classic children’s tales.
When Jack trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans, he finds himself climbing an enormous beanstalk, only to discover a surprise waiting for him at the top.
When Cinderella’s fairy godmother appears and magically transforms her into a princess, her luck begins to change…
Goldilocks stumbles across a group of furry friends in this retelling of The Three Bears.
She introduces us to the wonderful story of The Three Little Pigs, who each must build a house and escape the big bad wolf.
From Edinburgh to Dorset, residents will be welcoming school children, local authors and grandchildren to read their most treasured stories and share their favourite heroes and villains.
In Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the world’s most famous storyteller, William Shakespeare, residents at Ambleside care home will be turning their lounge into Paddington Station to welcome local primary school students for a retelling of Paddington Bear.
Meanwhile, at Pear Tree Court, in Portsmouth, a resident who was a former naval officer, will be sharing stories from her time out at sea through a poetry workshop with children from a local school. At Seccombe Court, in Banbury, residents will be welcoming a local theatre group and primary school class into their lounge for a theatrical retelling of We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
Read more about how residents and colleagues in homes across the UK took part in our bedtime stories campaign.
Residents across Care UK have been enjoying reading stories to local children.See our gallery