Chats Palace is an arts centre with a civic role, empowering local people. Running for 13wks, The Palace Club will deliver music & singing sessions for older local residents (65+yrs). Sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings (10.30-12.30), providing a stimulating and enjoyable challenge designed to tackle social isolation and improve the well-being of this vulnerable group. Participants will share a communal lunch each week and enjoy entertainment from Hackney Voices, a local community choir
The Palace Club targets older people (65+ years) who are still living in the east London community, struggling to stay active but often extremely isolated: City and Hackney Health and Wellbeing Profile 2017/18 notes the high and rising levels of older residents suffering from depression. According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England aged 75+ live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
The Palace Club will deliver 13 wkly sessions to 50 isolated older people in east London. Through project partners & volunteer programme we will engage with a further 60 residents. Short term benefits begin with enjoyment of a shared social event, developing to participants becoming more active and more involved in their community. As the project progresses each will feel more visible & cared for, lessening feelings of isolation and abandonment with related benefits for mental health and welling
There is considerable information on benefits of arts and music in health: 2012 National Institute for Health & Research study found that community singing was a highly effective way of improving health & wellbeing among elderly and vulnerable people. By planning delivery using a volunteer programme we will create an inspiring experience that forges long-lasting community cohesion between groups of people who would not otherwise meet. Every participant will feel ownership of their Palace Club.