A NEW club which encourages older people to take up singing is getting ready to perform its first show.
Brendoncare Voices, in Gosport, is the first singing club set up by Brendoncare, a charity which cares for old people, and it already has 15 regular members.
Members are invited to the weekly meetings to learn a range of songs from chart toppers to musical numbers.
With a couple of months’ practice under its belt, the group is now ready for its first performance.
Brendoncare’s head of clubs Edwin Ingleton helped get the Gosport group off the ground.
She said: ‘The club is so uplifting.
‘There is a great deal of fun and laughter throughout the evening as we all practise the songs.
‘You can see that everyone feels on a high by the end of the evening.’
The club, led by Tamsin Brainwood, was started to provide Gosport residents with an opportunity to meet people as part of a community choir to share their passion for music and singing.
Ms Ingleton added: ‘There is growing evidence of the value of musical participation for older people, particularly those affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
‘Singing together as part of a group has proven benefits in terms of health, wellbeing and sense of community.’
Brendoncare Voices will be performing their first show at Fareham Shopping Centre, in the town centre, on April 25.
They will be raising money for Brendoncare and the work it does to care for older people in the south.
The group meets every Monday at 7pm at the Club Hampshire Centre, at The Anchorage, on Willis Road.
For more information on the group visit brendoncare.org.uk.