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Four Acres Residents Learn the Ukulele: A Melodic Journey Begins!

Four Acres care home, part of the Runwood Homes group embarked on a musical adventure, learning to play the ukulele thanks to a collaboration with Gumbley’s Music School based in Studley on the 14th of June. Jason Gumbley, the founder, approached Four Acres with the idea, citing successful experiences in other care homes. The residents and staff were excited to take part in this unique opportunity.

The ukulele lesson, tailored for beginners, introduced the residents to basic notes. Eric, the instructor, was patient and understanding, ensuring everyone could follow along comfortably. Millie, a Domestic Assistant at Four Acres who is also studying photography at university, captured the session’s vibrant moments. Millie, who has photographed for Redditch United and events like Crufts, managed to capture the residents’ emotions beautifully.

The session was attended by both residents and staff, creating a lively and inclusive atmosphere. Learning a new skill like the ukulele proved that age and capabilities are no barriers to acquiring new talents and enjoying new experiences.

Diane Wood, the Wellbeing Lead at Four Acres, shared her thoughts on the event:

“We had an amazing morning learning some basic notes, and we will be doing it again next month.”

Tia, the Home Manager, also commented on the success of the session:

“Residents had a lovely time and had fun. It’s so lovely to see residents learning a new skill, and it was a great social occasion.”

The ukulele lessons not only provided the residents with a chance to learn and enjoy music but also fostered a sense of community and accomplishment. The event was a testament to the enriching and inclusive activities that Four Acres continually offers its residents. The next session is eagerly anticipated by all, promising more music and memories to come.