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Coronavirus: Staying connected through music

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

17 May, 2020 — By Camden Council

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

The COVID-19 lockdown has made socialising difficult for everyone, including older people living in Camden Council’s 23 sheltered housing schemes.

Before the crisis, SeeThrough Theatre regularly performed at Camden schemes, working with residents to promote better wellbeing through the performing arts.

Now they’ve adapted their projects to continue to bring older people together – holding singing and drama workshops in the gardens of Camden’s sheltered housing schemes, with residents joining in singalongs from their balconies and doorsteps.

They’ve had fantastic feedback.

Resident Joyce said: “it raises the spirits – it lifts your heart.”

“Our residents normally socialise with each other in their blocks,” Mary Bastow, sheltered housing manager, said. “But because most are in their 80s, they’re not leaving their flats. A weekly visit from SeeThrough Theatre gives residents something to look forward to during lockdown and the opportunity to have some fun.”

Find out more about SeeThrough Theatre at seethroughtheatre.com

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