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The Cultural Activities in Care Homes (CACH) project run by Forth Valley U3A in Scotland has achieved its fifth award in five years.  

CACH was given the Outstanding Achievement in Health and Wellbeing award at the Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) awards 2017.

Launched in 2008 the CACH project works with local care homes to arrange events to enhance the quality of residents’ lives and encourage their inclusion in meaningful activities.    Around 12 U3A members work on the project which offers a range of cultural and leisure opportunities to residents. The project has received funding from Foundation Scotland and the Bank of Scotland Foundation. 

The project includes performances by local musicians and school children; reminiscence sessions with small groups and life story work with individuals.

The 2017 award adds to an array of accolades for the CACH project over the years including Stirling Community Planning Partnership CLD Best Practice in Adult Learning (2010); shortlisted for Herald Society Awards (2011); Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise awards- Volunteer Project of the Year: Arts and Culture (2014); Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Inspiring Volunteer Awards -Arts and Culture Award (2015). 

Chair of CACH Project, Susan Tester said, “We were delighted to receive this award. We know that the care home residents and staff appreciate our contribution but it is always great to receive outside recognition for the hard work of the CACH team”. See more at http://www.forthvalleyu3a.org.uk/Cultural-Activities-in-Care-Homes/I18.htm