Festive music-making at Dryleaze House

A group of Small Sparks award winners in Wotton-under-Edge have been busy this week, organising musical events to help bring together people of all ages from the local community.

On Saturday 19th December, the group from Dryleaze House sheltered housing scheme helped to put on a festive concert by the Spectrum Singers  and invited residents, their families and local members of the community to enjoy music and food together.

Then on Monday 21st December, a group of home-educated young people from the town came with their parents to lead some carol singing around the piano in the lounge. There was much hilarity and a wonderful tea for everyone. One of the residents commented: "We ought to have more sing- songs like that", so there are plans for more in the near future!

The Dryleaze House group was awarded a Small Sparks grant earlier in the year to help them run a series of activities that would help to form new friendships between residents and members of the local community. So far this has resulted not only in musical events, but also into a computer buddying project between young and elderly members of the town, in which over 20% of Dryleaze House residents have participated. The group has lots more ideas for events in the New Year!

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