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Silent disco returning to Elgin Town Hall

By Jonathan Clark

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A PARTNERSHIP between Dance North and the Moray Community Health and Wellbeing Development Team has brought the silent disco for elderly folk back to Moray.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 11, from 1pm until 2.30pm at Elgin Town Hall.

Silent discos for older people return to Moray and bring together residents of Abbeyside Care Home and Sing, Exercise and Tea (SET) groups from Elgin, Buckie and Lossiemouth.

This follows the success of Dance North, Coyote Initiatives and Grampian Hospital Arts Trust silent disco project in 2018, where elderly patients at Dr Gray’s acute care for the elderly ward and residents of Abbeyside Care Home danced to their own choice of music through specially designed headphones.

Dance North runs SET Groups in partnership with the Community Wellbeing Development Team to bring gentle seated movement with music to older people across the region. The groups help people to improve mobility and fitness, make new friends and reduce stress levels – with one participant describing the disco as "better than medicine".

Group members have chosen their favourite tracks in advance of the event and their tastes range from The Killers' ‘Human’ to Andy Stewart’s ‘Donald Where’s Your Troosers’.

Wearing headphones to listen to music gives those who have difficulty hearing the opportunity to listen at the right sound level for them, increasing their energy and involvement in the event. For some, the novelty of listening this way is simply a new experience bringing much amusement.

New people can join the SET Groups at any time by contacting Ann Hay (Community Wellbeing Development Team) on 01343 563510 or emailing ann.hay@moray.gov.uk.

Carmen Gillies, development officer for health and social care Moray, said: "This is a great opportunity for the older people of Moray to experience the benefits of music and movement whilst surrounded by old and new friends."

The equipment for the disco is supplied by Silent Noize Events and is supported by Steve Gasgarth of Cayote Initiatives.

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