SMILING SESSIONS COVID-19
Our response to COVID-19 has been to create a virtual sing a long project that can safely reach isolated senior citizens living in sheltered or care accommodation across the U.K.
For 10 years, The Smiling Sessions have offered participatory, high quality singing experiences for older people in care homes and social housing in deprived areas of London. Participatory singing helps residents to become more integrated, stay healthy and keep active.
Now, in these unprecedented times, we are keener than ever to harness the power of music and singing to support their wellbeing and mental health. Locked down for longer than most and for the foreseeable future, our weekly Smiling Sessions virtual programme is our way of reaching out to many who are completely confined to one small room 24/7 with little or no access to the outside world, with no phones, or other internet-dependent devices.
We wanted to help keep the spirits of our elders up during the pandemic and let them know we’re thinking about them.
We’re creating a library of 15 song videos, making it really easy for carers and staff to use in the homes, where wi-fi is not always available so easily. The video songs (with on screen lyrics) can be streamed or downloaded using our newly developed web app: www.smilingsessions.com
The sessions are performed by our fabulous musicians, Pete Baikie, Neil Herd and Alison Jones with amazing celebrity guests joining them to sing.
We hope that not only will our weekly ‘celebrity’ sing a long Smiling Sessions increase morale and well-being for isolated and older people during these difficult times, but encourage the nation to sing and build an awareness with the public of the terrible isolation older people have been experiencing and inspire them towards supporting this ever-growing project with a donation.
Latest SMILING session
Session 13 Nick Moran – Fly Me To The Moon
Session 12 Lucy Porter – DO RE MI
Session 11 Daniel O’Donnell – I Love You Because
Session 10 The Fizz – Medley
Session 9 Rod Argent – All I Have To Do is Dream
Session 8 Basil Brush – Bring Me Sunshine