Bath Chronicle

Singing bus gets home res­i­dents on board

- Society · United Kingdom · Bath and North East Somerset · Dolly Parton · Vera Lynn · Age UK

A “Singing Bus” has been vis­it­ing gar­dens, green spa­ces and care homes for some so­cially dis­tanced sin­ga­longs.

With care homes hav­ing min­i­mal vis­its, and some even be­ing back un­der tem­po­rary lock­down, Age UK B&NES has been hard at work meet­ing older peo­ple’s needs

Janet Dabbs, Age UK B&NES CEO, said: “Life is very dif­fer­ent to how it was at the be­gin­ning of the year. We are try­ing to give peo­ple a sense of fun and nor­mal­ity and are de­lighted that it is bring­ing so much joy to care home res­i­dents and staff this week.

“As it has evolved, this singing bus has meant so much more than just mu­sic, it has brought neigh­bours out to chat over the gar­den fence, brought iso­lated peo­ple to their doorsteps and made older peo­ple feel in­cluded.”

This is the third time the singing bus has taken to lo­cal streets dur­ing the cri­sis, first dur­ing VE Day and more re­cently to the gar­dens and streets of the older peo­ple that the char­ity sup­ports.

Thanks to some ex­tra fund­ing, the char­ity has been able to of­fer care homes who have out­side space one hour of sum­mer hits by a pro­fes­sional singer, Span­gles.

Cov­er­ing hits from all eras, Span­gles made sure there were sin­ga­long hits rang­ing from Abba, Dolly

Par­ton to Vera Lynn.

As well as the mood and move­ment boost­ing fac­tor, th­ese ses­sions have also been evok­ing mem­o­ries for peo­ple of hap­pier days.

Sue, ac­tiv­i­ties man­ager at Ivy Bank Court in Bath, said: “It has been a re­ally tough time for res­i­dents and staff, but we are get­ting through it and try­ing not to let things get us down.

“I can’t thank Age UK B&NES enough for this singing bus, it has given ev­ery­one a lift that they needed. Res­i­dents were clap­ping and singing along and some even got up to dance. It was just won­der­ful to see. We’d have it back ev­ery week if we could.”

 ??  ?? Singer Span­gles en­ter­tains el­derly peo­ple in Bath
Singer Span­gles en­ter­tains el­derly peo­ple in Bath

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