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October is Black History Month in the UK. Whilst all our activities must consider the diverse needs and interests of our residents and staff. October provides us with an opportunity to focus on recognising the history, arts and culture of black British people.
This year marks the 32nd Black History Month in the United Kingdom – the first was celebrated in 1987.
Things to consider when planning activities in recognition of Black History:
Focusing on arts and culture is a great way to support residents to share their own history and any significant events.
In care homes, residents and staff can share what they know about the history of black British people. Such as the achievements of inspiring black British role models such as athletes, authors, poets, actors and musicians.
Things to do:
Listen to music and dance! Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Specials, The Skatalites or Toots and the Maytals are good starting points as well as more modern, reggae-influenced r&b by artists such as Soul II Soul, Sade or Estelle etc.
Show pictures and reminisce about influential the Caribbean and Black British artists, and British bands.
Show pictures and reminisce about the contributions of black Britons to sport, art and culture. It might be interesting to include some figures from years ago, as well as black Britons in living memory. You might include:
  • · Malorie Blackman (author)
  • · Mary Seacole (historic figure)
  • · Diane Abbott (politician)
  • · Tessa Sanderson (athlete)
  • · Naomie Harris (actor)
  • · Heather Small (musician)
Bake! Collect recipes from residents and staff or search on the internet and bake up some delicious food for all to enjoy!
Create some artwork that acknowledges the individual experience, or show paintings and appreciate the art of black artists.
Involve the community, family and friends, local schools and colleges in your activities and events as appropriate. Consider contacting local community groups who may have resources or speakers that would like to share their knowledge and expertise.
Remember that for some of our residents and staff discussing Black History can be painful as well as celebratory. Always ensure you have the time and space available to appropriately support a person who may become distressed or need one to one companionship.
Tell us! We would love to hear what you have been up to please share on Facebook and Twitter, or email Gianna – 
From all the stories we receive from you, on the 1st November we will select, at random a care setting to receive a NAPA Activities goody bag in recognition of Black History Month in Care Homes.