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Monday, October 30, 2023
Bringing together the Young with the Young at Heart
A new primary schools intergenerational programme was launched last Friday October 27 at Rhiwbeina Primary School in Cardiff.
Since launching eight years ago the Goldies Cymru Charity have brought songs and smiles to older isolated people across South Wales. These take place in Libraries, community rooms and Church halls and there are now over 60 sessions led by dedicated freelance leaders.
The charity has also had considerable success with primary school - linked programmes. So much so that Goldies Cymru won the prestigious Education Category in the National Lottery Awards 2018. The award was presented by Katherine Jenkins.
Sixty children from Rhiwbeina Primary School together with 30 older folk who attend the Rhiwbeina Goldies session joined together in song to launch the new project. It was introduced by Grenville Jones, Goldies founder, with exuberant singing led by Steffan Davies, Children’s and Welsh Librarian from Cardiff Hubs and Libraries.
Julie Hughes, Head of Investment at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, also attended the launch and praised the value of the school projects that have been led by the Goldies Cymru Charity in past years.
An information booklet in both Welsh and English has been produced by the charity and is available for any school teacher who would like to know more about the project. This, and all queries relating to it, should go to Goldies Cymru Programme Leader Cheryl Davies, email@example.com or call 07860 944410.
Therisa Galazka, Home Manager at Llys Herbert, said "We're thrilled to be supporting the wonderful work of Goldies Cymru. We know how important local groups are, especially when it comes to supporting older people in the community. Goldies Cymru provides a fantastic opportunity for older people to socialise and share memories from their younger days – all while having a good sing-along together. Music has many benefits, especially for those living with dementia, as it can help maintain speech and language and even improve mood"
On Thursday 5th October, Goldies from the Rhydypennau session were invited to attend Llys Herbert for the official Grand Opening of the Care Home to explore the spacious and beautifully furnished facilities, meet the friendly team and learn about the quality care and lifestyle on offer. Afterwards, an uplifting Sing & Smile session was enjoyed by existing Goldies and new friends made at Llys Herbert and regular monthly sessions will be launching this December.