During the coronavirus pandemic young people volunteering with the charity YOPEY started supporting locked-down care home residents ‘virtually’ by writing letters, making activities, sharing artworks and shooting entertaining videos.
The videos were put together into shows called YOPEY Virtual Variety Show and given a number. YOPEY Virtual Variety Show 19 and 20 are karaoke singalong specials, full of songs your residents will remember, even if they have dementia, from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
All the songs are sung, or played along to, by young YOPEY Befrienders.
The activities coordinator at one care home given an early viewing said her residents did not just sing along, they got up and danced!
You can find show 19 or, to give it its full title, Songs of Yesteryear SINGALONG SPECIAL for care home residents to enjoy – Part A, here
The singalong songs in Part A, all with karaoke-style captions, are:
• The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand sung by Kasey Challenger, aged 19
• I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles sung by Helen Foster, aged 24
• Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man sung by Amy Beilby, aged 26
• The Hokey Cokey sung – and danced to – by members of Pulp Friction, a group for young people with learning difficulties
• Julie Andrews’ The Sound of Music played on the flute by Kara Parker, aged 21
• Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon sung by Keira Gibson, aged 16
• Stephen Sondheim’s Send In The Clowns sung by Cherrelle Ford, aged 26
• When The Saints Go Marching In sung by Kasey Challenger.
Part B with more great songs from yesteryear is here
The singalong songs in Part B are:
• Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life sung by Max, aged 16
• Judy Garland’s Over The Rainbow sung by Helen , aged 24
• Alexander’s Ragtime Band sung by Amy B, aged 26
• The Beatles’ Let It Be sung by Erica, aged 19
• The Monkees’ Daydream Believer sung by Kasey, aged 19
• Daisy Bell played on the flute by Kara, aged 21
• A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square sang by Amy C, aged 17
• Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again sang by Amy B
Please let us know what your residents think of the show by commenting below the shows on YouTube. If you subscribe to our YOPEY Befriender channel, I believe you will hear first when we put up other shows and videos.