There is a wealth of research showing that as we grow older, active music-making can enhance social cohesion, increase personal development and help contribute to all-round wellbeing. Grantham U3A Ukulele Group are a fantastic example of this.
The group consists of more than twenty players who meet weekly to learn new songs and practice classics. There is a mixture of beginners and intermediates attending the sessions which are open to anyone with a U3A membership and a desire to learn the ukulele.
Once a month a soundLINCS Music Facilitator joins the group to help them hone their skills and to teach them new songs, ranging from 40s classics to modern day chart toppers! The group play for fun and give performances at local organisations in town.
Jonny Gillard, the soundLINCS Music Facilitator who leads the group, said: “It’s a fantastic project to be a part of and the progress and increased confidence of the group has been brilliant. Their enthusiasm to learn and play is infectious with nobody ever missing a session!”
Members of the group also gave their thoughts on why the group had been so successful, saying that: “We get the opportunity to play the music that we’re passionate about and are taught in an engaging way that helps us to develop our skills quickly. We all have great fun in the group and love being able to show our family and friends the videos of us performing.”
For more information or if you are interested in going along to a session then call us on 01522 510073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org