Words by Abi Scaife
An African choir is helping to end loneliness in care homes.
Tell me more.
Dr Kayonda Hubert Ngamaba is a psychologist, pastor and refugee, and leader of Bolton’s Ephrata Community Church.
Their church choir has started going into local care homes on a monthly basis, to help alleviate loneliness and bring joy to their residents.
The actions of this choir are making a huge difference to the lives of residents who may not get many visitors, and may struggle with feeling isolated and lonely. According to studies like this one from the University of Bedfordshire, this is quite common among adults in care homes.
By all reports, intervention from this choir has had an incredible effect on those living in the care homes! There has been joy, smiles, singing - and even dancing!
Stories like these are great examples of what we can do for our community, and how important it is to reach out and care for those on the periphery. If this story resonated with you, consider contacting your local care home and talking to them about if there is anything you can do to help.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Re-Engage. This is a charity that is making life less lonely for thousands of older people every year, through volunteer-led activities. Find out more.
Campaign to End Loneliness. This charity campaigns to make sure that people most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported. Support them here.
Marmalade Trust. This is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness and helping people make new friendships. Find out more and support them here.