There are all kinds of ways to get involved whether you are a volunteer, a business large or small, a potential sponsor or a care home.

Volunteering

Volunteers are the heart of Cocktails in Care Homes, so we try and keep things really flexible so you can get involved in a way that fits around life and work.

There are 12 parties a month to help out with and each party needs a team of around 10 volunteers, whose main role is to socialise and chat with residents and other volunteers.

There is no minimum or maximum commitment and you don’t have to go a specific party or home each month – just sign up for the dates and locations that work for you. We do recommend that new volunteers attend at least 3 parties in their first 3 months, just so you can get into the swing of things.

Spending time with older people is an amazing experience – you hear incredible stories, gain perspective on your own life and I always leave with a lesson learnt.

Zosia Poulter, volunteer party manager

Before you can sign up for your first party, all volunteers need to attend a 90 minute induction session which covers what to expect at a party, visiting a care home and tips for chatting with those with dementia.

We provide more in-depth training for inducted volunteers including non-verbal communication skills and cocktail making. We also hold volunteer social events for our community of volunteers throughout the year.

Volunteering with us brings exciting opportunities to play a key part in our offsite events and projects with major arts and cultural organisations and venues. We have recently partnered with Rich Mix, Southbank Centre, Bush Theatre and the Barbican for various projects.

If you would prefer to avoid alcohol for whatever reason, please rest assured that volunteers are not required to handle alcohol as all drinks are served by the party managers and care home staff, and all parties serve a range of non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails.

Click here to find out more and sign up as volunteer

Table set up as a bar of drinks with decorations
Corporate Partnerships

We are always keen to hear from businesses and organisations, large and small, interested in working with us on Cocktails in Care Homes. We have long-term partnerships with the Bank of EnglandClifford ChanceSchroders as part of their CSR programmes. Additionally, we have recently started working with Google and EY.

Companies get involved in all sorts of ways from their staff volunteering at parties to financial sponsorship – you might choose us as your Christmas charity or help us make decorations for one of our theme boxes.

To find out more about building a partnership with us or making a corporate donation, please contact Phoebe Grudzinskas, Project Manager with group size, time frame and budget on: tel 0203 222 6064 email phoebegrudzinskas@magicme.co.uk 

..Such an innovative and flexible programme which benefits not only the care home residents but also our employees, as they learn new skills and feel fulfilled by making a real difference. 

Meriel Crawford, Communications Manager, Schroders

Sponsorship

We’d love to work with you to make our parties even more magical, so we are always keen to hear from companies interested in supporting Cocktails in Care Homes by providing drinks, decorations, catering, entertainment or equipment.

For example, we were recently supported by Hawksmoor mixologists at our Cocktails party at the Southbank Centre’s Wintertime Series. Our party themes and decorations – including British Seaside, Mexican Christmas, Raining Cats and Dogs and Summer Funfair – are developed by our very own ‘Themes’ volunteer Clare Burgess of Froufrou Days. Clare creates bespoke themes and experiences with in-kind donations from the likes of John Lewis Oxford Street and VM Bright Leaf.

Can you help? Tell us what you have in mind! Contact Phoebe Grudzinskas, Project Manager-
tel 0203 222 6064 email cocktails@magicme.co.uk

Care Homes & Care Providers

Cocktails in Care Homes is currently funded to run in selected care homes in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden, Southwark, Hammersmith & Fulham, Waltham Forest and Westminster. We are working to grow the project to new locations where local funding is available.

We are always keen to hear from care home providers and local authorities interested in partnering with us to bring Cocktails to their area.

To explore this further, contact Phoebe Grudzinskas, Project Manager-
tel 0203 222 6064 email cocktails@magicme.co.uk