Music workshop gets residents singing

Residents enjoyed a good old singalong at a special event laid on at their housing with support scheme.

Tenants at Ron King House were taking part in a project led by Plymouth Music Zone, a charity which aims to transform lives through music.

Housing with Support Officer Pauline Rooks approached the organisation, which was more than happy to pay residents a visit as part of their EngAGE project.

EngAGE was set up to encourage older people to get involved with Plymouth Music Zone and other arts organisations through a series of music sessions.

Pauline said: “Tenants participate in a variety of activities in our sheltered schemes but many residents have asked for more music.

“One of the tenants living at Camelshead tried to start a choir but it didn’t get off the ground. Something like this might inspire them.”

Musicians Rob, Anna and Mike led the group in a singalong – complete with instruments – before Rob chatted with them to find out what residents wanted.

Tenant Beryl McGowan said: “It’s been fun. I’ve enjoyed the music and the crowd. I’d like more events like this.”

Rob said: “We work in older people’s settings doing workshops. This project is actually a forum – we want to find out what people want. We’re trying to refine our sessions. This is our first time in a PCH scheme.”