Research shows the benefits of singing for older people are myriad – it gives the brain a work out, and, when done vigorously, the lungs; it’s good for the soul and lifts your spirits; it can even increase your immunity. And singing with other people brings the rewards of social interaction and companionship.
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services (MVNS), based at Wingham, are starting a singing group for older people Friday, February 16 at Bushland Tukka Café at 41 Mudford Street, Taree, and no experience is needed!
The first session will kick off at 11am with a guest performance from Wingsong choir. The sessions will continue every Friday from 11am to 12pm. This initial group will possibly feature Aboriginal and traditional songs, MVNS co-ordinator, Caron Watkins suggested.
The Sing Your Age program is an initiative of the Australian government to encourage older people to actively participate in singing and make social connections.
The Minister for Agein,g Tanya Davies said creative arts, including singing, are a key component of healthy and active ageing.
“The benefits of song are far reaching and it’s a great way to bring older people together to build and strengthen friendships in the community,” Mrs Davies said.
MVNS received a grant of $7000 to create new singing groups in the Manning Valley to benefit the elderly in our community.
A total of $150,000 was awarded to organisations across NSW and will be used for promotions, professional conductor fees, professional accompanist fees, the purchasing of musical equipment, and venue hire.
The Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) will assist in co-ordinating the grants program.
Weekly cost of participation is a gold coin donation.
For more information ring Caron on 6553 5121.