The Joyful Jukebox is a support group which helps people feel happier and healthier through the power of music.

The group runs all over South Nottinghamshire, and provides a place for the elderly community to meet friends, play a new instrument and sing.

The interactive music session is run by Helen Tooth, who says the main aim of the group is to improve the well-being of the whole community.

She says the group creates a sense of community.

“People can come along, even if they don’t know anybody, and join in.

 

“Its just so good for you, it makes you happy it and releases happy endorphins,” she says.

Helen adds the COVID-19 forced many older people to lock themselves away.

“They lost their confidence, and the group gives them a reason to come out and get together.”

Tooth is also the leader of Bloomin’ Dementia’s Music in Mind, and has completed training as a Music in Care Practitioner and in Dementia Awareness.

This has made her an expert in using music as therapy, meaning the session is a popular pick for the residents in the county.

“I JUST LOVE MUSIC, END OF STORY”

– john betts

Image: John Betts singing at The Joyful Jukebox

John Betts, is a resident at local care home, Fosse Way View, and attends the session every week.

He says that music has always played a big part in his life.

“I just love music, end of story.

“It’s something I’ve always done, since I was a child during the war, music will always be something that’s with me,” he says.

Linda Lay, who also attends the group said: “It’s friendly, happy, you make new friends, so I just look forward to coming every week”.

“Every week we pack it out in here, it’s brilliant”.

Where to can get involved:

  • Keyworth, Keyworth Methodist Church, NG12 5AH. 
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, 1:45-3:15
  • Radcliffe on Trent, Royal British Legion, NG12 2BB
  • 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, 2:00-3:30
  • Beeston, Middle St Resource Centre, NG9 2AR
  • Tuesdays term time, 10:30-12:15
  • Ruddington, Ruddington Village Hall, NG11 6GN
  • Every other Wednesday, 10:30-12:00

The Joyful Jukebox currently meet across Keyworth, Radcliffe on Trent, Beeston and Ruddington with plans to start a new group in Cotgrave in Spring 2024.

However, for Lynda Blyth, a care practitioner from Fosse Way View, more still needs to be done to support groups like these.

“We bring four of five residents to most of the sessions, but in Fosse Way view we have actually got fifty four residents who would really appreciate singing as we can’t bring that many people on the trip out”.

Image: Lynda Blyth singing with Fosse Way View Residents

“These ladies and gentlemen really enjoy their time out, they are less anxious, they are less worried and they will go home and be absolutely buzzing. They love singing and dancing.

“It would be great if we could get them to come into the home so they could all get involved,” she says.

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In 2023, The Joyful Jukebox was the winner of the Celebrating Rushcliffe Health and Wellbeing Award, and hope to bring joy to the people of Nottinghamshire for many years to come.