About this cause
The Golden-Oldies Charity (Goldies) is a social initiative, bringing positive change to marginalised vulnerable people through structured daytime social ‘Sing&Smile’ sessions that encourage participation and functional exercise. The music is based on the memory- evoking popular hits of the 50s onwards, people are encouraged to dance, sing and relax with a chat with their session leader and other participants. Sessions are open to everybody but in the main reach out to older isolated and vulnerable disabled people. Goldies sessions, intergenerational schools programmes and additional open community events give people who live in isolation a REASON to get out, make friends and take a more active part in community cohesion projects led by the charity.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Goldies sessions reduce isolation by encouraging the creation of supportive friendships and bringing communities together with the chance to attend/participate in volunteer led community concerts and intergenerational schools based activities and events. Essex based Rev Sarah Hayward wrote to tell us; ‘Friendship makes SUCH a difference to a grey and lonely day, Goldies is wonderful.’