A symphony of support

The Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) tea dance chorus in December
The Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) tea dance chorus in December

An all-singing event in Bellshill is set to hit the high notes – by showcasing a symphony of supports for older people in the area.

The day, to be held in Bellshill Cultural Centre on Tuesday (March 31) from 10am – 1pm, will be kicked off by the Twilight Singing Group.

The ensemble is mostly made up of residents from a local sheltered housing complex, but also open to any older people from the community.

Their repertoire extends from classics to modern day hits and event organiser, Irene Gibson of Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, explained the variety performance will be a fitting background to the colourful event, which is free to attend.

She said: “The day is really to showcase and celebrate the many supports that have been put in place through the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme over the last few years.

“A key aim of RCOP is to give voluntary and community groups the resources and backing to enable them to take a leading role in developing and contributing to the support and services their community needs.

“The singing group, for example, was started with RCOP funding and has been a great way of bringing older people together with a common purpose.

“They now have plans to record a CD and to perform for other local groups and organisations.

“Whether you’re a baritone or tone deaf, there’s something for everyone over 65 – and this will be showcased on the day.

“There’s dancing groups, art and craft, lessons in how to use modern technology and social media to stay connected to loved ones around the world.

“There will also be entertainment provided by the Kennedy Cupcakes, a 1950s inspired dance troupe.

“There’s something for everyone and I’d urge local people over 65 and their carers to join us for a fantastic day.”

Hands on activities include card making, flower arranging, digital inclusion and pampering sessions.

There will also be a light lunch and freshements.

Singing groups have been a key feature in the RCOP programme in Lanarkshire and an event was held in December drawing many of the groups together.

A short film has also been produced to highlight the many supports in place across Lanarkshire for older people.

Watch Every Step of the Way on NHS Lanarkshire’s YouTube page.