Sing & Smile in Ringwood
In the UK there are millions of people living in isolation and missing out on regular contact with their family and friends. Now in its 10th year the Golden-Oldies Charity, fondly referred to just as ‘Goldies’, which has Sir Cliff Richard as its patron, is bringing its ethos that singing “popular“ music can take people back to happy times and bring joy and friendship to their lives through a new monthly sing-along session in Ringwood.
The Golden-Oldies Charity 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 puts a smile on your face too! The songs are carefully chosen and based on the popular sing-along hits from the 50s onwards. They encourage people to clap in rhythm to the music, tap their feet, smile and, if they want to, get up and dance!
Grenville Jones, Founder and Chief Officer for “Goldies” said, “In nine short years we have come a long way and now run over 130 Sing & Smile sessions across the South of England, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Wales. Those attending are elderly people, and people who are socially isolated, as well as people with learning difficulties and dementia. For many “Goldies” is their lifeline and we hear this at every session from the people who attend.”
Grenville continued, “We run one other monthly sessions in Hampshire at Lion Oak Court, Andover and although we are a small charity we want to move forward and brighten more and more lives, so we are holding a ‘taster session’ in Ringwood on Friday 18th November from 2 -4 pm at Greyfriars Community Centre on Christchuch Road BH24 1DW, with the aim of establishing a regular monthly session there.”
Grenville concluded, “There’s always a friendly welcome and a cup of tea afterwards, so do come along; “Goldies” is a very good reason get out and be with others. The taster session is completely free, all we ask is that everyone who attends our normal sessions makes a minimum £2 donation to our charity.”