At The Sing 'n Smile Club, we work hard to help older people overcome their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Our sessions, events and activities always have a fun, upbeat, party atmosphere, and they give people something to look forward to each week. Our regular sessions generate energy, enthusiasm and laughter from everyone who takes part.  We have testimonies from 100s of members, telling us how good our sessions make them feel. We know that our sing-alongs, activities and events are hugely beneficial for the older generation; we witness this at every session.

Our members regularly tell us how energised they feel, how uplifted they feel, how much happier they feel; members tell us how much attending the club has changed their lives for the better.

There has been lots of research into the effects of loneliness and isolation within ageing populations. For example in January 2017, a report from the charity "Age UK" warned of the hidden epidemic of loneliness and isolation facing Britain's older generation. Their in-depth study discovered that more than half a million people, aged 60+ often go for an entire week without any social contact. In the survey, some 200,000 people had not had a conversation with a friend or family member for over a month. The survey concluded that at least 1.2 million older people, living in England are chronically lonely... meaning they have experienced ongoing loneliness and isolation for many years.

Research by York, Liverpool and Newcastle universities
showed that lonely people have a 30 per cent increased risk of suffering heart disease and stroke. In 2016, Age UK produced a report titled "No One Should Have No One", which highlighted that social isolation and loneliness also increased the risk of dementia, depression and diabetes.

Caroline Abrahams, director of Age UK, said that 'Loneliness blights the lives of far too many older people... we know that older people who are lonely are more likely to suffer health problems and require long-term care, they'll have a higher use of medication and need to visit their GP more often.'

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