Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Live at Home

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21st Big Birthday party

Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Live at Home Scheme hosted a Big Birthday party on the 12th September to celebrate 21 years of working in the local community.

We were delighted and humbled by the turn out. We were privileged to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead and our local MP in attendance. They spent over two hours with us and took time to go round all the tables chatting to our members and volunteers.

The joint scheme managers, Sue and Katherine, both gave short talks reflecting on the history and development of the scheme.

A message was read out from Johnathan Mace on behalf of MHA and the Mayor of Gateshead thanked the scheme on behalf of Gateshead Council.

Local school children sang happy birthday to us before the Mayor and Mayoress cut a beautiful 21st Birthday cake.

A talented local Skiffle band provided the entertainment.

It would not be a Live at Home event without having copious amounts of food but to mark the special occasion it was all served on fine bone china!

A huge amount of hard work went into the planning of this event and on the day. Our volunteers did a sterling job ensuring that everyone was safe, fed and watered. We would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved. It felt like a real community celebration. 

We look forward to the next 21 years!


Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Live at Home Scheme Ukulele Oscar win


We are delighted that our Chopwell group won an Oscar at the national MHA awards ceremony in Birmingham on the 9th October, beating off stiff competition in the Innovation category! A huge achievement and well deserved.

The Ukulele and singing group at Chopwell was developed as a partnership initiative with Gateshead Age Uk, Gateshead Older Peoples Assembly and The Sage Gateshead. The National Lottery provided funding to enable Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Live at Home Scheme to work with older people in specific areas across Gateshead with the aim of helping to increase older people’s access to and appreciation of music. 

We were unsure how the sessions would be received initially but have been delighted by the response. Around 19 people attend weekly; a couple of members struggle with playing the Ukulele due to arthritis in their hands but still attend as they enjoy the music and the singing. 

Our members are enjoying learning to play a new musical instrument and tell us that the signing really lifts their spirits. 

It is wonderful to have musicians from the prestigious Sage Gateshead working with one of our groups. 


  Our award-winning charity helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. As the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.