A Brief History of our Charity...
Looking Back – Golden-Oldies 2007 – 2012
• The Golden-Oldies Charity launched in Bath & North East Somerset as a pilot project in November 2007, inspired by Grenville Jones, a choir leader and musician with the reputation for getting people to sing.
• The music sung at the sessions are the hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s. There is no age restriction.
• The first Goldies sessions in and around Bath started in the second week of January. These were taken by Grenville Jones at community rooms in sheltered housing schemes of Somer Community Housing Trust.
• In January, Golden-Oldies was featured on the BBC 6 O’Clock News, Radio 4, Sky TV etc.
• This media attention attracted hundreds of calls and emails from across the World, with individuals and organizations showing an interest in introducing Goldies in their particular areas / countries.
• Trustees appointed a full time Administrator, Abby Rakes in April.
• Numbers attending the initial 4 Bath & North East Somerset sessions continue to grow.
• A number of West Country local authorities and Housing Associations agree to support six weekly sessions starting in Swindon, three weekly sessions in South Somerset, three weekly sessions in Mendip, two weekly sessions in North Somerset and six weekly sessions in South Gloucestershire.
• Grenville Jones is “Man of the Year” in The Bath Chronicle for his work with the charity.
• To keep pace with rapid growth the Board of Trustees is expanded.
• Despite the economic downturn of 2009, Goldies continued to build on the firm foundation set in Year 1.
• Monthly BIG SING’s introduced at Pavilion, Bath.
• Following discussions with Bristol City Council and Somerset County Council, 8-12 new sessions were planned to start in January 2010.
• The Charity announces a specific one-week project for 2010 called Time after Time in Bath.
• From 288 sessions delivered in 2008 this figure rises to 1381 in 2009.
• Recruitment of new session leaders proves to be successful.
• A total of 1,460 sessions were recorded during this year with all existing sessions sustained.
• February saw collaboration with Bath Spa University and placement students whose study included a social community perspective.
• The monthly BIG SING moves venue to the Carrswood Day Service Centre, Twerton.
• North Somerset Homes adopts Goldies as 2011 Charity of the Year.
• A new monthly session at Hucclecote Community Hall in North Gloucestershire has 64 pluspeople from across the local community.
• Swindon Borough Council continued its support and as well as the six regular sessions we also support a quarterly session at the Swindon Alzheimer’s Centre, which is very well attended.
• Grenville Jones runs the 2010 Bath Half Marathon with 40 members of his Bath Male Choir raising nearly £15,000. Half of this went to Goldies and the other half goes to the Prostate Cancer Charity.
• First Goldies Golf Day held and £3,000 raised.
• 2010 saw the Time after Time project in B&NES. A one-day event brings hundreds of Goldies and their families for a memorable day of fun and laughter. It was later named “Event of the Year” by The Bath Chronicle in January 2011.
• Mr Paul Burstow, MP, Minister of State for Care Services (Health) opens the Time after Time event. He is reported in the Bath Chronicle saying;
“This Charity really does brighten people’s lives and can make a huge difference.”
• Bath University undertook an independent study on how the charity was affecting people’s health and welfare. Dr Barbara Teater in her conclusion wrote:
“The most important result was the statistically significant improvement in self-reported overall health from before their participation in the Goldies sessions to now.”
• The Bath Half Marathon announced that it would make Goldies its Local Charity of the Year in 2011.
• Staffing is increased with the employment of a part-time Music Assistant and part-time finance officer.
• New sessions in Yeovil and across West Wiltshire, a major new initiative is the launch of Goldies Cymru in Wales in partnership with Age Concern Cardiff and The Vale.
• Sir Cliff Richard agrees to be Patron.
• In the Annual Report Brian and Margaret Roper are thank for their continuous support.
• A massive ITV audience vote wins us a £60,000 Big Lottery Grant – an inter-generational Jubilee Time after Time project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
• Mr. Don Foster the MP for Bath champions Golden-Oldies. He says:
“Isolation is a growing concern in our society. We have had anecdotal evidence of the power of Goldies almost from day one. The research by Bath University clearly shows that this Charity, with its very simple ethos, is making a difference.”
• Bath University RAG adopt Goldies as one of its’ “Charities of the Year.”
• Goldies Cymru sessions start in South Wales.
• Goldies Wiltshire Day supported by Wiltshire County Council is a huge success. Attended by Goldies from new Wiltshire sessions.
• First session leaders training day with 23 leaders from West and South Wales takes place.
• Work commences on researching activity song with Bath University.
• Jubilee Time after Time project manager reports “fantastic interest” from schools across the West.
• “Diamond Day” song commissioned for schools as part of JTAT project. Song writer Tessa Cox and Grenville Jones meet HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace Garden Party representing the Big Lottery in June.
• Jubilee Time after Time selected by Big Lottery as one of 10 projects in Education category of National Lottery Awards 2012.
• September – 400 Goldies attend annual summer concert.
• Jubilee Time after Time wins place in National televised Awards finals.
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