About Shindig

What is Shindig?

Shindig is an online directory that helps connect care homes and sheltered accommodations in the UK with the best entertainment and activity in their region.

Our goals are to support person-centred care by offering access to diverse and stimulating activity provision. We also want to acknowledge the skills of all activity providers, including co-ordinators, entertainers, motivators and therapists.

Who can benefit?

We aim to be a quick and easy one-stop solution for both sides of activity co-ordination. For those organising activities in care homes or sheltered accommodation, that means being able to easily find highly recommended service providers - no more searching for that flyer that came in 6 months ago!

For providers of entertainment and activities, it means having a modern online prescence where you can make new connections and collect recommendations for your services and skills.

Why use Shindig?

Truly person-centred, meaningful activities need to accommodate a diverse range of interests, tastes and cultural backgrounds. This brings a richness to the job of activity co-ordination, but can also be a challenge in sourcing entertainment, events and activities to book for residents.

Co-ordinators need inspiration for interesting, stimulating activities and for relaxation, therapeutic and sensory sessions. Shindig provides an opportunity to recommend quality service providers to help in this choice.

Subscribe to our bulletins

We like to keep our members up to date on the latest goings on at Shindig, including our spotlight on new and highly recommended entertainment and activity providers and opportunities to network in local areas by offering discounts for multiple same-day bookings your region.

How is Shindig promoted?

NAPA - National Activity Providers Association

Larger corporations have regular activity co-ordinator meetings where they support each other in developing their work and how they source activity provision.

Independent localised activity coordinator forums and networking meetings

There are some local groups organised, sometimes through the NHS in-reach team, where activity provision is discussed.

Dementia Action Alliance networking

Towns and cities are working to become dementia friendly through spreading information about dementia and signposting to services, Shindig being a resource for some clubs working within these alliances

Speaking to your audience directly

We regularly send out postal flyers and emails to care homes, day centres, sheltered housing complexes and dementia clubs to advertise Shindig, being conscious of the turnover of staff in this industry and highlighting the latest regulations of the Care Quality Commission around activity provision. If you'd like to be included in our mailouts, register an account.

Who's behind Shindig?

Annie Hailey has been working around the care sector for over 15 years, beginning her career in a day centre providing activities for adults with learning disabilites. She taught meditation courses and underwent mental health training before gaining a qualification in Art Therapy. She has experience with both group work and intensive one-to-one sessions in schools and hospices, as well as child and adult psychiatry. Actively interested in working with clients living with dementia, in 2015 she took on the role of Activities Co-ordinator in a care home providing residential, nursing and dementia care. In addition to this, she is a volunteer dementia advisor for the Alzheimers Society.

Shindig is passionate about the well-being of residents in care homes, and the vital role which an activity co-ordinator, entertainment and activities play in the emotional and psychological health of residents.

We hope for this directory to offer the variety of entertainment and activities which our residents are asking for.