Residents join children to create original WW1 song
A YEAR-LONG project spanning the ages will see pupils join our residents to perform their very own First World War centenary song.
Residents at Winton Court, one of our extra care courts in Gateshead, have teamed up with children from Parkhead Primary School and artists for the regular music, movement and song-writing sessions.
Supported by older people’s charity Equal Arts, the project was celebrated on Thursday November 26 with a performance of ‘Postcards from Home’ as part of the free First World War Centenary event for the community with food, music and entertainment.
Carole Bertram, court manager at Winton Court, said: “People living here have benefited greatly from the sessions with Equal Arts and the children.
“It is fantastic to see them able to learn from one another and to see their smiles when they sing.
“As people get older not everyone has the ability to get out into their community and a project like this allows the community to come into care settings. The sessions bring such benefits to those involved I’d like to see them run on every extra care court.”
Douglas Hunter, Equal Arts co-director, added: “Loneliness within care settings is a hidden issue, and this partnership is an excellent example of how people in care settings can be actively involved in their communities, and the benefits this can bring to their wellbeing and quality of life.”
Visit the Equal Arts website for more information about Equal Arts and its project in the North East.