It's official: Goldies is good for you! So concludes an independent study of our work recently undertaken by the University of Bath. The results have clearly indicated how participation in Golden-Oldies enhances a participant's health and well-being, reduces social isolation, improves overall health, and strengthens and stimulates communities, (See our website for the full report). We currently run 37 weekly sessions across 7 local authority areas - plus a host of 'one-offs' and special projects
Isolation, loneliness, nothing to look forward to or get out of the house for, no chance to make new friends - to be physically or mentally stimulated, to laugh... All problems in our ageing population. Members are 44 - 102 (average mid-late 70s) including people with disabilities. When asked 'If you weren't with Golden-Oldies, what would you be doing instead?' survey responses included 'Being sat at home', 'Being depressed at home feeling there is no reason to live' or 'Drinking at home.'
Singers lead songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s - with movement, dancing and usually plenty of laughter! 'After losing my husband 3 years ago, Goldies took me out of my depression. It makes such a difference: I meet people, chat, laugh and sing', 'It brightens the whole day and gives us plenty of exercise too', 'My doctor said 'You've got a different attitude in life' and I said Yes, singing actually makes you feel better', 'This charity can make a huge difference' (Paul Burstow, Health Minister)
We are always glad of people who'd like to help - especially as mini-bus drivers to transport older people to our singing sessions (You only need a standard driving licence for this) or those wanting to get involved in planning and running community/fundraising events. If you have skills to offer, do get in touch.