Residents at six of our larger LiveSmart schemes have been enjoying fortnightly tea dances, thanks to the Healthy Generations musicians, funded by Clarion Futures.
When residents were asked what sort of events they would like, music was high on their list and the dances proved so popular, they are now an established part of the timetable.
The sessions are a chance to get together and enjoy live music, with singalongs and dancing encouraged. Residents get involved with choosing songs. At one scheme, staff also hosted a music quiz.
The music is uplifting for residents. The combination of gentle exercise and socialising helps support health and well-being.
Communities Officer Mark manages the project, he said “We have been working with Healthy Generations for a number of years now, who always deliver a high standard of service and the project is as popular as ever with the residents, which brings much welcomed joy.”
Residents at a scheme in North London share their experience at a recent session:
Rick - “Really good, consider myself lucky to come to come to the session, the music cheers me up and makes me feel good.”
Joe - “Hoping they come back soon because when the band (plays) it makes me happy.”
Catherine has been adjusting to life without her husband, who recently passed away, and appreciates the community support.
“I have really enjoyed the music sessions. I have built up some wonderful friendships through this project and the Bingo sessions…. We have a lot of fun.
“The musicians are great and one guy looks just like John Lennon.”
Healthy Generations are now recording an album, with residents helping to select the songs. This will help raise funds for the ongoing work with older people and community groups.