Community Sing-Along to fight Social Isolation
Ipswich’s elderly and those with disabilities are invited to a community Sing-Along to help battle loneliness and build social connections. The musical event is organised by STAR Community Services in partnership with the Alchemy Street Choir on Wednesday October 10, 2018 at the WG Hayden Humanities Centre in Ipswich.
This community focused musical event is part of Queensland Mental Health Week 2018, which aims to promote the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing at home, at work and at play.
The morning Sing-Along session (9:30am-11: 30 am) is for those aged over 65 and the afternoon session for those with disability (2-4pm). Entry is free for Ipswich residents, and tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.
Loneliness and social isolation top the list of main concerns for the mental health of senior Australians and those with disabilities. Loneliness may cause serious health risks such as depression, high blood pressure, diminished immunity, sleep disorders, obesity, dementia and anxiety.
“In addition to being a simple joy of life, singing together creates a feeling of unity, a feeling of belonging, and a connection that is missing in the lives of many of our community’s aged, frail and those with disabilities. Music is a powerful tool that breaks down barriers and combats social isolation. People of all ages and abilities have an interest in music,” said Melissa Bannerman, Care Services Manager of STAR Community Services, a not-for-profit Aged Care and Disability Support Service provider operating in Brisbane for over 22 years.
During the Qld Mental Health Week, people across Queensland come together through events, conversations and activities to value mental health; their own, that of loved ones, friends and colleagues, and people in our communities that need support.
“Social connections play a crucial role when it comes to our emotional wellbeing. We are extending an open invitation to join us for the Sing-Along, make new friends, connect with the broader community and simply have a joyful, musical day,” added Ms Bannerman.
STAR Sing-Along for Elderly and morning tea on Wed, Oct 10, 9:30 to 11:30 am,
STAR Sing-Along for those with Disability and afternoon tea on Wed Oct 10, 2018 2-4pm at Humanities Centre, Ipswich. Places are limited. Please call STAR on 3821 6699 to book your spot.