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Tenants Rock with South Yorkshire Choir

Tenants Rock with South Yorkshire Choir

Tenants at one of Together Housing’s Extra Care schemes in Barnsley have proved you’re never too old to rock and roll after being entertained by Rock Choir from South Yorkshire.

Rock Choir members from Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield came together to entertain residents, staff, volunteers and their families at Cherry Tree Court in Goldthorpe.  The 30 strong choir sang well known songs such as “With A Little Help From My Friends” alongside rousing renditions of hits such as Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.  After the singing, choir members joined residents for tea and cake.

Kate Threlfall, who was leading the choir, said the group were delighted to have been invited: “Rock Choir are the UK’s most popular contemporary amateur choir and we have performed at the NEC in Birmingham and the O2 Arena as well as locally at Christmas Lights events and summer fetes so it was lovely to get an invitation from the social committee at Cherry Tree Court.”  She added that they were now looking at other Together Housing Group schemes to see if their songs could work there too.

DSC_0803Tenant May, aged 98, described the singing as “fantastic”, while another tenant, Verna said: “The social committee organise things all the time, which is why it’s great living here, there’s always something going on.”

Sue Lewis, Group Head of Supported Housing for Together Housing Group, said that the social benefits of Extra Care housing is a huge part of its success: “Tenants have their own home, their own front door, with the care and support they need to keep independent but, as it’s so important that life in later years is still full of fun, plenty of enjoyment and laughter too. So we really appreciate when others, like Rock Choir can come along and help make that happen.

Anyone wanting to know more about Cherry Tree Court should contact the scheme on 01709 890155.

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.

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