The Ukulele Group at Hafan Gwydir in Llarwst
Tenants at an independent living scheme for older people in Llanrwst are proving that age is now barrier to learning new skills as they have joined with members of the wider community to host weekly ukulele classes.
The initiative, at the Hafan Gwydir extra care housing scheme, is one of a wide range of activities organised at various venues in the town by Gemma Struthers, Wellbeing Officer with Conwy Wellbeing Team.
Other sessions at Hafan Gwydir include mindful movement and meditation sessions to help with relaxation, seasonal craft activities and a ‘Nostalgia Tea Dance.’ All activities are open to visitors as well as tenants of the scheme.
Tom Roberts, Extra Care Manager for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association who manage Hafan Gwydir in partnership with Conwy County Borough Council, said:
“The Community Wellbeing Programme is a brilliant way of combatting loneliness and helping people to stay well. It was an absolute delight to hear laughter and music at the first Ukulele session – we seem to have awakened a whole troupe of budding George and Georgina Formbys!”
Gemma Struthers added: “The Ukulele sessions are being run by Clare Somerville and Absolute Beginners Ukulele here. The Community Wellbeing Programme is aimed at people over 50 to encourage them to enjoy the company of others while having fun and improving health and wellbeing”
“Elsewere in the town we also organise fitness, Tai Chi, and bilingual yoga sessions as well as ‘Walking with friends’ which covers around two to three miles for all abilities. For further details call 01492 576178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.” Check out the new spring programme for full details.
The Conwy Community Wellbeing Programme has been made possible thanks to support from the Welsh Government and is a joint project between Conwy County Borough Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.