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The Golden-Oldies Charity was founded by Grenville Jones in January 2008 who took the first four singing sessions for older people in sheltered housing schemes in and around Bath. Singing the popular hits of the 50s onwards people are encouraged to dance, smile!!, sing and relax with a cup of tea and a chat with their session leader and other participants. These social groups offer opportunities for older people to make new friendships. We also hold concerts and Big Sings where all the groups meet up and sing together, along with other fundraising concerts and events across the year. ‘Goldies’ is NOT a choir but singing and sing-alongs are at the heart of all we do. The Golden-Oldies Charity is a social initiative and academic studies have illustrated that our charity brings positive change to marginalised vulnerable people through its structured daytime social singing and activity sessions that encourage participation and functional exercises.

28 March 2017
South West
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Goldies Charity has been working with older vulnerable people for the last 10 years with daytime sessions extending across England and Wales. Many attendees are adults living with dementia and working in partnership with DAA we would seek to inform those caring for adults living with dementia of our social events and specifically sessions that are dementia friendly specific.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Reaching carers

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Sessions

    Staff will have dementia friends sessions to make them more aware of the issues involving dementia (these are  1 hour sessions which we can provide)

    Being implemented
  • Supporting the DAA

    Support the Dementia Action Alliance  y encouraging others to get involved and become members

    Being implemented
  • Singing with people with Dementia

    Your new venture on singing with people with Dementia.

    Being implemented