2019 is going to be another exciting year for Goldies Cymru across Wales. Did you know that we now deliver daytime fun sing and smile sessions to many Libraries – HEREis the press release that went out in February with the details. Our session leaders are fantastic at sending in photographs and here are a few for you to see, some of them are taken at school inter-generational events… lots of SONGS and lots of SMILES … reaching out to hundreds of isolated people. Goldies IS Good for You! There have been two academic studies about the wellbeing benefits of our growing charity. Our first report was written in August 2016 by Paul Marshall and a more recent study was written in September 2018 by Katrina Evans. Both reports can be found here:
It's a marvellous time for a party - thanks to Moondance!
Goldies Cymru Christmas Parties are in full swing across South Wales. We welcomed a very special guest at the Rhydypennau Library party on Thursday December 13th. The Moondance Foundation is our wonderful supporter of Goldies Cymru and we were delighted that Diane Briere de L'Isle was able to come along to the session. This sequence of pictures illustrates the wonderful time that was had by all. For more pictures and videos please click HERE. The opening picture shows Diane (right) adorned with her Reindeer Antlers and again, we record our thanks to The Moondance Foundation for all they do to enable us to bring Songs&Smiles to so many older people. A recent study of Goldies Cymru worked with older people was undertaken by BSc Psychology student, Katrina Evans. To see the conclusion and full report CLICK HERE.
Hundreds of our ‘Goldies’ headed for Port Talbot and the Princess Royal Theatre on Tuesday November 6th for our very special Goldies Day with a WW1 theme. This day was made possible with the support of the Big Lottery Fund in Wales and the Heritage Lottery. It was a day of songs and smiles with our Goldies Cymru session leaders led by Rachel Parry on stage leading the sing-alongs, the Ukulele Nights and the brilliant Central Primary School children on stage in the morning singing songs and reciting poems from 100 years ago.
Everyone was treated with a 45 minute performance on stage in the afternoon of the Armistice Cantata. This of course is the Goldies Award-Winning project from the children at Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff. Winners of the Education Category in the 2018 National Lottery Awards.
Another memorable day for Goldies Cymru and huge thanks to everyone including the team at the Princess Royal Theatre, together everyone contributed to a very special day as you will see from our pictures taken by Bill Savage.
Our brilliant session leader, Sue Thomas was featured on an ITV Lottery Film which was launched on Thursday October 25th.
Here is your chance to have a look at it on YouTube:
Winner of 2018 National Lottery Award - Education Category
The 2018 National Lottery Awards were televised on Wednesday, September 26th, on BBC1 in the evening presented by Ore Oduba.
Click here to watch the moment Katherine Jenkins visited Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff to tell them they had won the Award!
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - The brilliant children from Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff put on a special performance of Armistice Cantata on Wednesday evening, September 12th for parents and our older folk who attend our local Goldies sessions. This is part of our WW1 inter-generational schools project this year nominated as one of the finalists in the Educational Category 2018 National Lottery Awards. As you can see there was a surprise visitor - the wonderful Katherine Jenkins who presented Grenville Jones with the Award!
Click HERE to read the press release announcing the Award.
Watch out! Wednesday September 26th on BBC1 - The National Lottery Awards Show
Contact Goldies Cymru founder, Grenville Jones for more details.
Our ever increasing number of Goldies Cymru sessions across Wales includes the regular Thursday morning sing at the Rhydypenau Library led by Sue Thomas. Click HERE to see our lovely video for you to see and meet the people to whom Goldies makes such a difference.
Session details can be found by clicking here – everyone is welcome and at the sessions you will meet our amazing session leaders. These take place in community rooms, church halls, libraries and many other venues. Our sessions in and around Cardiff are generously supported by the Moondance Foundation. The development of Goldies Cymru has also been supported for the last four years by Big Lottery Wales, and we are currently in the second year of a three year programme which specifically supports our development across Mid and West Wales, a People and Places Big Lottery Wales Project.
If you would like to know more about Goldies Cymru sessions – perhaps you would be interested in starting a new session in your area of Wales or becoming a Goldies VOLUNTEER our programme leader, Rachel Parry would love to hear from you. This is her direct email – email@example.com
From the many pictures on this website, you will see how we have come to be called the sing and smile charity, this could not have been achieved without the support of Wales Lottery and the Moondance Foundation.
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Goldies at Rhiwbina enjoy a special morning.
Many thanks to The Arts Council of Wales for getting Goldies Cymru involved with the Get Creative Festival this month.
We are a small charity and rely on donations and funding to take our work forward. You may have seen Goldies featured on BBC 1 television on Sunday Morning Live at the beginning of October this year.
If you would like to know more about supporting our work then please contact us.
"It was a superb hour of exhilarating singing, thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring, great participation from the group"
Doris Jones Penygraig
"Lovely to see so many smiling faces in one room!"
"Very good fun meeting people for all ages and it's very good because it's all the songs I like and a very good host - she is lovely"
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