Thanks to support from Glamorgan Voluntary Services through the Supporting Older People in the Vale Revenue Funding Scheme, With Music In Mind is able to extend its range of groups to Penarth so that more older people can access it’s informal and fun sessions.

With Music In Mind was set up 4 years ago by Vale residents Sarah Miles and Kate Whitestone and started in Cowbridge. They have since expanded to Barry, Llantwit Major, St Athan and now, Penarth. Groups are designed to be informal and fun and are open to anyone over the age of 50 – singing ability is not important! With Music In Mind is based on research that shows that singing in a group reduces stress and loneliness and improves memory, mood and wellbeing. Groups consist of an hour of group singing led by the musical director, Matthew, followed by refreshments, which are provided, and a further hour of social activities, such as quizzes, talks from outside speakers, Tai Chi provided by Age Connects, or simply a chance to catch up and chat.

Staff member, Lindsey Newman, who started working for With Music In Mind a year ago said, ‘Seeing the group members forming friendships within the groups which then continue on the outside is wonderful as this new friendship group would never have come about had they not started attending WMIM. I have had several members comment to be about how their self-confidence has improved since joining and so I am very excited to be offering this service to people in Penarth as well’.

The new group will be held at the St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Albert Road, Penarth on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, except the 2nd Wednesday every month, when the hall is being used for a different group. The first session will be on Wednesday 18th September 2019.

If you would like to talk to find out more about any of the groups, then see the website or phone Sarah and Kate on 07500 776295. Or, you can simply turn up!