About Us

Crafting Connections

Crafting Connections is run by national charity The Together Project. We boost wellbeing, reduce loneliness and foster stronger, happier communities by creating joyful intergenerational experiences.

In lockdown of 2020 we launched Hand In Hand Together. The project saw hundreds of children and older people in care homes create handprint themed pictures – symbolic of reaching out across the terrible divide that COVID-19 had created – and swap them in the post, along with little stories about themselves. The popularity of the project, the numerous requests from people who wanted to stay in touch with their new friends and the feedback from all ages about its incredible impact inspired the creation of Crafting Connections.

Our other work includes Songs & Smiles (intergenerational music groups held in care homes and assisted living schemes) and We Are Friends (linking older people in the community with 0-5 year olds through storytelling projects in local libraries).

An older lady looking at her The Together Project crafting connections artwork


Rates of severe loneliness for older people in care homes are over 2x higher than for those living at home

A study of 128 care home managers showed 79% reported that lack of social contact caused a deterioration in health and wellbeing of residents with dementia

What people say

“Our residents absolutely love anything that keeps them connected to the outside world so Crafting Connections is the perfect project for them.”
Sharon, Activities Coordinator
“Crafting Connections has made me feel young again!”
Sheelagh, Care home resident


The Together Project CIO would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their generous support, without whom Crafting Connections would not be possible.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Where possible we try to minimise our environmental impact by;

Sourcing ‘end-of-line stock’ crafting materials to make up your Crafting Connections packs

Reusing envelopes and packaging boxes

Recycling as much as possible of the waste we do create

Ensuring we use our resources efficiently