Bringing Tower Hamlets elderly residents together with parents and young children

Do you wish your parents were around more often? Living in London and the age we often wait to have families can mean we are unable to enjoy time together with parents and grandparents. Our lives can feel a little one dimensional as we mingle with parents and children of similar age to our own. For the elderly, who have no family nearby to visit them, the feeling of isolation can be life limiting.  We’re very excited about Songs & Smiles starting up in Bow, Tower Hamlets on the 13th of September. They’ll be inviting families to Gawthorne Court Retirement and Sheltered Housing every Friday morning so you and your little ones can mingle with residents and brighten up their day.

Songs & Smiles is a free singing and social group for 0-4 year olds, their parents or guardians and care home or sheltered housing residents. The sessions are run in the residents’ lounge where everyone can sing, play, make friends and have lots of fun together! Make sure to book in advance as these sessions will be very popular.

Benefits of Intergenerational Friendships

Songs & Smiles is designed to give joy to the residents, the young children and to their grown-ups. A great way to give back to the elder community of Tower Hamlets and perhaps learn some local history. Simply by attending a free session, you’ll be helping to tackle loneliness and isolation.

Children will witness and grow to understand the ageing process, dementia and disability making it all a normal part of life.

Songs & Smiles aim to create a fun atmosphere, encouraging children to see the elderly residents as playmates. The sessions are fun and creative.  Although sessions are aimed at 0-4 year olds, older siblings are welcome during school holidays too. Music, playing instruments and singing are a fantastic way to develop your child’s language, social and fine motor skills.

You may be pleasantly surprised at the positive impact it has on your own wellbeing. Meeting new people across different age groups can add new perspective and help new parents feel less isolated too. Not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing something valuable.


When: 13th September 2019 and then every Friday 10.30am-11.30am

Where: Gawthorne Court, 73 Usher Road, Bow, London, E3 2DU


Booking: Email or book online

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