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Golden-Oldies group set to launch in Uttoxeter

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A CHARITY urging older people to get singing in the war on loneliness is set to launch a new session in Uttoxeter – with plans to make it a regular activity in the town.

Golden-Oldies, nicknamed Goldies, 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.

The club will be launched at The Approach Day Centre, in Holly Road, at 1pm on Monday, June 30 and organisers hope to build in from there into a monthly event.

The sessions will be held by Anne Griffiths who contact the charity founder and chief executive Grenville Jones in the hope of bringing the charity to Uttoxeter as well as the wider Staffordshire area.

Mr Jones said: “My message to residents is to come along and find out about Goldies and have some fun at the same time.

“We have a lot of people who come to the sessions with dementia, Alzheimer’s and even younger people with learning difficulties. Our sessions are for everyone.

“There is nothing clever about what we do, we just use music to bring people together and get them singing and dancing. We are known as the smile charity.

“Anne is brilliant and she will continue to take us forward. We have gone from four sessions to celebrating 100 later this year in just six years and we are very proud of that.

“That is down to session leaders like Anne. They are the most important aspect of the work as they meet with the people and are there with them as they build up new friendships and have some fun.”

Golden-Oldies, which boosts Sir Cliff Richard as its patron, was started in the Bath area six years ago when Mr Jones, who had been heavily involved in music and choirs in the west of England, became aware that music brought people together.

Although, he noticed that there was a lack of facilities to reach out to other people.

However, Mr Jones is keen to point out that the charity is not a choir.

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.

Mr Jones added: “Three months ago I had a call from Anne saying she lived in Uttoxeter and wanted to get involved with helping older people live more and enjoy life.

“We use music from the 50s and 60s as it is memory evoking and it takes people back to a time when life was better, bringing a smile to the faces of the people who join us.”

More information on what the Golden-Oldies has to offer to people in Uttoxeter is available by visiting the website at www.golden-oldies.org.uk/

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