Seniors Week 2019

Published on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 11:49:00 AM

The Toodyay Community Resource Centre was successful in applying for yet ANOTHER grant, where they invited African Oz Drum ‘N’ Dance to hold a Drumming Circle workshop on Thursday, 14 November for our senior residents to get together and have some fun.

Community Development Officer Claire McGowan attended as the Shire representative and said it was a fantastic experience to be a part of the circle. Odai was our enthusiastic and engaging host who showed everyone some simple drumming techniques and beats, then our circle kicked off with uplifting, soulful sounds that brought smiles to all who participated. It was magic!

Odai later invited questions from the group, which started some very interesting conversations regarding each other’s backgrounds and musical interests (Odai has now learnt who Neil Diamond is).

The Shire of Toodyay partnered with the CRC for the event and provided the Memorial Hall for the venue (due to the uncomfortable heat forecast on the day – 42 degrees) and organised a delicious morning tea, catered by the lovely ladies of the Toodyay CWA. A big thank you to the CRC for organising the event and to our senior residents who braved the heat to enjoy the cultural experience of the African Drumming Circle. Let’s do it again!

The following are benefits of drumming together:

  • The release of feel good endorphins that make us happy
  • Reduction in stress and tension ~Improving concentration
  • Alleviates the symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Creating a sense of connection with others
  • Stimulates left and right brain coordination
  • Teaches team work and cooperation
  • Increases self-esteem and develops confidence
  • Increase in creativity and self-expression



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