Project information

Over 60's Sing Along and Dance

Older residents from accross SW1 will come together and enjoy a day of entertainment. It aims to break down isolation and create an opportunity for the over 60's to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Involving food, dance and singing, it will also promote services to the elderly.

June 2011 - June 2011

Charity information: South Westminster Community Festival

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  • Need


    Many older residents in South Westminster express a feeling of isolation, because they have become less mobile, friends have moved or passed away, or they don't like going out for fear of their safety. The Festival aims to help overcome this by bringing vulnerable and marginalised members of the community together through activities that are fun and memorable.


    This event is being run in direct response to needs expressed by older residents who want more opportunities to come together, share and enjoy each other's company. The project teams up with Open Age who offer a range of services to the elderly. Previous events have brought older residents into contact with their services for the first time, which has a lasting impact.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring together 100 older residents to share and celebrate together


    » Hold a sing and dance event for the over 60's

    What success will look like

    Success will be... to hold an afternoon of entertainment, including professional performances, dancing, singing and food

    Aim 2

    To introduce older residents to the services available to support them all year round


    » To use the event to promote the services of Open Age, whcih include ongoing advice and activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be...for 80% of those attending to sign up to Open Age

  • Impact


    For Open Age to be able to reach and support more older residents, and for SouthWestFest to build on this events success and hold similar activities throughout the year.


    Mobility is a key issue for some of our target people, however Churchill Gardens Residents Hall has been specifically chosen because of its excellent disability access. Another key risk is the climate; the event is held in the summer so if it is particularly hot then some older residents won't want to come out. However, we will ensure that Churchill Gardens Residents Hall have sufficient fans.


    Donors can join our Festival Facebook or email list, and recieve a report on the event including photos and quotes from participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,280

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      Amount Heading Description
      £850 Artist Fee Fee for performers
      £250 Refreshments For food and drink costs
      £100 Decorations To create a party atmosphere in the Hall
      £80 Publicity Postcards to distribute
  • Background


    South Westminster is an area with pockets of severe deprivation. Most people think of Big Ben or Victoria Street, not realising how residential the area is, or that 60% of local people live in social housing. The event will take place at Chuchill Gardens Residents Hall, which is in the heart of SW1's most needy areas.


    100 older residents, many with disabilities and vulnerable.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For nine years SouthWestFest has been the most important event in the community calander for 9,000 people. It is organised for the community by the community, wtih its grass-roots approach meaning we are connected with and can respond to the needs of local people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sara Wheeler

    Sara is a local resident who has lived in SW1 all her life. She is now a Trustee of the Festival, and initiated these events.

    Jane Buttigieg

    Born and bred in South Westminster, Jane is Festiavl Chair and her contribution to past events for the eldery includes performing!