Care home residents and school children create Community Choir


Care home residents at Sussex Housing & Care, including the Woodlands in Crowborough, connected with over 150 school children from across Sussex for a big community sing along.

The event was held in aid of national Care Home Open Week 2021 and focused on connecting care home residents with their local community. Older people from Sussex Housing & Care’s homes in Crowborough, Battle and Haywards Heath took part alongside children from 7 schools, Artytime’s toddler group and residents’ families.

After a week of practicing, everyone sang live on the video to ‘Top of the World’ by The Carpenters.

June, 88, who lives at Woodlands Care Home in Crowborough said:

It was lovely to see the children, such a joy and they’ve given me a big smile. Thank you for organising.

June who lives at Woodlands Care Home

Tracy Evans, Chief Executive of Sussex Housing & Care joined the event:

The sing along with so many local people was fantastic. It’s been a great opportunity to connect people together and have some fun. We’re looking forward to many more intergenerational events in the future and I’d like to say a big thanks to all the schools and everyone who took part including our residents and their families – it’s definitely been a morning to remember and much enjoyed by our residents.

Tracy Evans, Chief Executive of Sussex Housing & Care

After the stirring rendition, children from Sir Henry Fermor in Crowborough performed their version of the song with piano accompaniment. This was followed by the Year 5 class at Jarvis Book sharing posters they had created for the care home residents, including messages such as ‘you are great’, ‘have fun’ and ‘be happy’.

Chikldren from St Marys Catholic Primary School St Mary’s in Crowborough also participated in the event.

National Care Home Open Week is led by the organisation ‘Championing Social Care’. The aim of the event is to connect people and to enrich the lives of the UK’s care home residents by reminding people that the care homes in every community are filled with unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that do care.



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