At Helmsley Arts Centre, one of the most popular and well-loved weekly events is Coffee, Cake & Conversation with Musical Memories. In order to be able to keep providing this Happy Hour for our community, they need to raise £2000 in pledges by April 21st 2020 to secure funding … and they’re almost there but they need your help to reach their goal. And they only need another £279!
Happy Hour with Musical Memories provides a much-needed opportunity for older people in our community. There is a multitude of arts-related projects and opportunities for young people to get involved in but the older generation is sometimes left behind and forgotten. With disabilities or mobility issues also playing a part, it’s all-too-easy for people to find themselves becoming socially isolated and lonely due to a lack of easily accessible activities. Furthermore, as Helmsley is such a rural area with minimum public transport, it makes it even more of a challenge for older people to socialise. Living alone in a rural area can often mean not seeing or interacting with other people for long periods of time and the Musical Memories project aims to get people out of their homes and into the community.
What is Musical Memories?
Musical Memories was founded by Neil and Ruth Hannah who are passionate about spreading awareness of what they do. They provide weekly musical sessions for elderly people to come along, with a family member, carer, or on their own, to sing their favourite golden oldie songs, have some cake and coffee, and chat to other people. Studies have shown that singing together can boost immunity, reduce stress, and improve mood and memory. The sessions also give the participants a sense of belonging, new friendships and something to look forward to – overall, this one hour a week can have a surprisingly significant impact on the quality of life, health and wellbeing of participants and there is nothing we would like more than to be able to continue facilitating this important project at Helmsley Arts Centre.
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More information about Helmsley Arts Centre:
Box Office 01439 771700
Old Meeting House Court, Helmsley YO62 5DW