A popular charity that runs singing sessions across South Gloucestershire for older people and adults with learning difficulties has received the backing of a local care provider – for the second year.
Golden Oldies, who are now in their seventh year, run almost 100 singing sessions a month across England and Wales, ‘Goldies’ were treated to seasonal Easter eggs and bunnies at their get-together at Grace Court in Downend this week.
Abby Rakes, who coordinates many of the sessions across the region, said:
“In the UK there are millions of older people who are living in isolation and missing out on regular contact with their family and friends. Getting together, making friends and having fun are the basis of this charity. The Golden Oldies Charitable Trust is based on the well documented fact that singing is good for you, it encourages good breathing and brightens up your day and gives you a chance to meet other people. It also puts a smile on your face.”
Golden Oldies currently run five sessions across South Gloucestershire in Downend, Filton, Kingswood, Stoke Gifford and Yate. Largely funded by grants, donations and charitable giving – without the generosity of many, these life-line sessions wouldn’t otherwise happen.
Bluebird Care, with their offices based in Chipping Sodbury, provide personal care and support to many people across the area. Specialising in domiciliary support for the elderly and in particular those who have dementia, the organisation is always keen to support local groups who share the same ethos as themselves.
Managing Director Jack Whitfield, who surprised Goldies last week in Downend with Easter treats, said:
“We are delighted to have built a partnership with the Golden Oldies Charity as they completely share the values we hold dear, namely supporting vulnerable people in the community.
We have seen the successful development of the charity across South West England in recent years. From very small beginnings in Bath, they now reach out to brighten the lives of hundreds of lonely people – including many in South Gloucestershire.
Through our day to day work we have first-hand experience of the increasing issue of loneliness. It is one of the major issues in society and Golden Oldies is certainly making a difference to lonely lives. We are delighted to be supporting the work of the Golden Oldies in our area for a second year.”
Golden Oldies sessions in South Gloucestershire are currently held at:
- Grace Court Community Room, Grace Court, Dial Lane, Downend, BS16 5UP Second Monday of each month, 10.30am-11.30am
- Poplar Gardens Community Rooms, Poplar Gardens, Alma Close, Kingswood, BS15 4EL Last Monday of each month, 2.00pm-3.00pm
- The Old School Rooms, The Green, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PD First Tuesday of each month, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
- Kennedy House Community Room, Kennedy House, Kennedy Way, Yate, BS37 4NR Last Tuesday of each month, 2.30pm-3.30pm
- Sinclair House Community Room, Sinclair House, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BS34 7PB Second Thursday of each month, 10.30am-11.30am
For more details about the work of the Golden Oldies visit http://www.golden-oldies.org.uk/ or call 01761 470006.