The Guardian – Care Home Idol Article – 29 October 2014

I was delighted to find myself and two members of “The Oldest Choir in the World” from St John’s House at Kirk Hammerton, mentioned in an on-line article on The Guardian website this week. We had been interviewed in connection with the Care Home Idol competition, an X Factor style competition for Care Homes, organised by and it was great to see the benefits of music for the elderly being endorsed on such a prestigious forum.

As one of three Activity Coordinators at St. John’s House, and being Choir Mistress to the Choir, I believe passionately in creating moments of magic for the elderly residents in our care, through music and movement, and have had great success in motivating, energising and inspiring Music Halls, Concerts, Talent Competitions and themed activities, which give residents, staff, families and friends alike the opportunity to work together and let down their hair for a few hours. I am a passionate advocate for continuing to tap into the gifts and resources of our incredible group of elderly citizens living in the U.K. today and those who know me, know that one of my favourite mantra’s is “You don’t have to be young to be amazing.”

Please read the Guardian article for further information.