Sing for life, love and laughs

The Young Regional School of Music has been awarded a State Government grant for a new singing program.

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services’ ‘Sing Your Age’ project will come to Young via the School of Music.

Young Regional School of Music CEO James Cronin said he is excited to announce that the singing program has been awarded more than $9,000 in funding.

"The program aligns with the NSW Ageing Strategy and is designed to enrich the lives of the elderly through community engagement and song," he said.

“We’re very excited about this project because it targets those who have limited opportunities to engage with the broader community. Our staff will visit aged care facilities to create small singing groups which will interact with school groups and our choir singing songs that were popular when the singers were in their twenties. We’re using a research-based approach to improve gross domestic happiness.”

The initiative is administered by the Australian National Choral Association and will be run throughout 2018. 

Mercy Place Mt St Joseph's acting service manager April Charles said these type of programs are beneficial to their residents.

"One of the most important things about these types of programs is that they are entertaining," she said. "Music makes people smile, and it keeps them happy, and we find that it is a reminiscing thing for our residents also.

"Some residents benefit from music in a more therapeutic way because it provides stimulation physically and mentally."