2019 has been another exciting year of growth for Goldies Cymru. Thanks to the continued support of the MOONDANCE FOUNDATION and The National Lottery Community Fund new daytime sing and smile sessions have been introduced across South and West Wales. We have also welcomed a number of new Session Leaders and there have been many special events and BIG SINGS! These sessions now take place in many different venues and this year has seen an increasing number of popular sessions starting in community libraries. We are extending our partnerships with many other Age-Related organisations and these include the Stroke Association and British Red Cross. Many new sessions are specifically for People living with Dementia and as we look ahead to 2020, we hope that Goldies Cymru will be extending its work into North Wales.
As our founder Grenville Jones is always anxious to point out, Goldies is NOT about choir singing, the accent is on social and occasions where people who may live in isolation can, quite simply, get out and enjoy the company of others.... and, of course, a good old-fashioned SINGALONG!
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:
We organise many special events for our Goldies, with the next one on Wednesday October 9th at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. Hundreds of older folk who attend our daytime sessions across West and Mid Wales will head for Llanelli for a special day, with lots of singing and special guests, which will include the Mayor of Llanelli and a performance by 60 children from Central Primary School, Port Talbot. The pictures here were taken at our last BIG SING which was linked to our Award-Winning WW1 Schools Inter-generational programme.We organise many special events for our Goldies, with the next one on Wednesday October 9th at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. Hundreds of older folk who attend our daytime sessions across West and Mid Wales will head for Llanelli for a special day, with lots of singing and special guests, which will include the Mayor of Llanelli and a performance by 60 children from Central Primary School, Port Talbot. The pictures here were taken at our last BIG SING which was linked to our Award-Winning WW1 Schools Inter-generational programme.
Our brilliant session leader, Sue Thomas was featured on an ITV Lottery Film last October.
Click here to watch the moment Katherine Jenkins visited Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff to tell them they had won the Award!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH GOLDIES EVENTS HERE
Thanks to all for your help at The Focus Group meeting last week.
Our Whitchurch Goldies Session had a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November 2019.
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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