Songs & Smiles brings young and old together for sing-a-long

WITH ONE VOICE: Resident Muriel Preece, 78, with seven-month-old Lexi Twigg and mum Niomi

Songs & Smiles brings young and old together for sing-a-long

by Andy Tong | 24th July 2019

A CARE home in Tunbridge Wells is bridging the generation gap between the elderly and the young with a weekly sing-along for babies and toddlers and their parents.

Chamberlain Court Care Home on Mount Ephraim is hosting Songs & Smiles every Tuesday for children up to four years old with the not-for-profit social enterprise The Together Project.

The free hour-long sessions are designed to reduce loneliness, improve wellbeing and tackle ageism. Songs & Smiles aims to engage young and old through singing, movement, instruments, coloured scarves and bubbles.

Chamberlain’s Suzanne Goodman said: “We are delighted to be hosting a weekly Songs & Smiles activity as we know that intergenerational activities can help to improve both the residents’ physical and emotional wellbeing.

The founder of The Together Project, Louise Goulden, said: “Our first session at Chamberlain Court was such a wonderful experience.

“To see the residents and children enjoying each other’s company, all with huge smiles on their faces, was beautiful to watch.”

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