A CHARITY encouraging lonely residents to make some new friends while enjoying a bit of a sing is continuing to grow in Uttoxeter – with plans to open a second group.
The Golden-Oldies, known among members as Goldies, has announced that there will now be a second opportunity for residents to sing along to popular songs from the fifties and onwards in Uttoxeter each month. It follows on from the success of its first classes.
The sessions are currently held in the meeting room of Uttoxeter Methodist Church, in High Street, on the last Tuesday of every month.
Anne Griffiths, regional coordinator and session leader for the Golden Oldies, has decided to add a second venue at the Heath Community Centre, in Holly Road, each month.
She told the Advertiser: "In seven short years, Goldies has come a long way and now runs more than 100 singing and activity sessions across the south of England 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.
"It's a well-documented fact that singing is good for you. It encourages good breathing, brightens up your day, gives you a chance to meet other people, and it puts a smile on your face.
"We are a small charity that wants to move forward and brighten more and more lives. so we've decided to add another monthly session, this time at the Heath Community Centre on Holly Road.
"The songs are carefully chosen and based on the popular sing-along hits of the 50s 60s and 70s. They encourage people to clap in rhythm to the music, tap their feet, smile and, more often than not, get up and dance."
The first sing and stretch session at the Heath Community Centre will be on Monday from 1pm to 2pm and organisers said there will always be a friendly welcome and a cup of tea afterwards.
Mrs Griffiths said: "Goldies is a very good reason to get out and be with others.
"All we ask is that everyone who attends makes a minimum £1 donation to our charity."
The 'sing and smile' charity aims to get people living in more isolated areas, who are often left feeling alone and unable to meet new people into a fun environment with lots of singing.
Golden-Oldies, which boosts singing superstar Sir Cliff Richard as its patron, was launched in the Bath area six years ago when founder and chief executive Grenville Jones, who had been heavily involved in music and choirs in the west of England, became aware that music brought people together.
However, he noticed that there was a lack of facilities to reach out to other people.
Since the idea was first formed, sessions have been set up across the country with around 2,000 people getting involved to make some friends and have fun.
More information on Golden-Oldies and the new group is available by calling Mrs Griffiths on 01889 562269, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the charity website at www.golden-oldies.org.uk