Thanks to Joe at Create for the following submission showcasing their great work with older residents in the borough!

Between August and October, award-winning charity Create looked to the skies with older people in Kensington and Chelsea to produce a collection of original songs about starlight.

Each week service users at Chamberlain House, who experience dementia and other age-related illnesses, explored their creative side and developed relationships with each other as they shared their thoughts and ideas in this collaborative musical project.

Under the guidance of Create’s professional musician, John Webb, participants wrote songs, soundscapes and melodies, influenced by diverse musical genres from around the world. The multisensory workshops, which incorporate flags and other visual stimuli, encouraged participants to experiment with xylophones, bells and different singing techniques to achieve the twinkling effect of starlight.

The Chamberlain House participants also put together the lyrics:

We’re down here they’re up in heaven

They come out when it’s seven

Cold and fresh, you go to rest

Cold and fresh you go to rest

We are over the moon

We are under the stars

The moon is going down, down, down

Everybody’s dancing now

The moon is going down, down, down

Under the stars

The moon is going down, down, down

Everybody’s dancing now

The moon is going down, down, down

Under the stars

“When you live on your own it is good to meet others and share points of views, learn from each other and to know that what we say is considered and is important.”

“Listening to music changes our moods. It’s uplifting. It makes you remember songs you used to sing even when you were a child. And songs make you remember other things in your life.”

– – Participants from Chamberlain House

Over 1 million older people in the UK admit to always or often feeling lonely and nearly half say that television or pets are their main form of company. Create’s art:links programme provides older people with a stimulating environment for individual and group expression, promoting social interaction and reducing isolation. The project helps participants to develop relationships, communication skills and teamwork that improve their quality of life and increase their health and happiness.

For more information on the work of Create visit their website: createarts.org.uk

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