A community interest company which aims to tackle loneliness among care home residents by helping them bond with babies is looking for enthusiastic volunteers.

The Together Project, founded by Walthamstow mum Louise Goulden, is set to expand its weekly singing group to a Leyton care home after raising thousands of pounds.

The Project has been running Songs & Smiles at Ross Wyld Care Home in Forest Road, Walthamstow, since last summer and is set to launch a group at Albany Nursing Home in Albany Road, Leyton.

The weekly sessions involve pensioners, babies and toddlers singing songs, playing instruments and making friends and will be rolled out in more care homes in the coming weeks.

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Ms Goulden is on the lookout for group leaders to lead singalongs and welcomers to greet parents and their children.

“Our local community has shown incredible support for The Together Project so far, helping us exceed our crowdfunding target last year,” said the mother-of-one.

“Now we hope they’ll join us as volunteers. The roles are so much fun and offer a great feeling of personal satisfaction, knowing you’re making a real difference to people’s lives.

“Staff have told me that Songs & Smiles makes the home come alive, residents say they love the energy that the children bring and parents have found it a very moving experience.”

The Together Project raised more than £30,000 from public donations, received £3,500 from Waltham Forest Council and £10,000 in matched funding from Santander’s Changemaker Fund.

No experience is required for the volunteer roles, just enthusiasm and a welcoming manner.

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