Songs & Smiles

A music group for 0-4 year olds, their grown-ups and care home residents.

We sing, move, play, make friends and have lots of fun!


Watch the BBC Stories film about our Songs & Smiles sessions

Our sessions have been designed by specialists to make them engaging and interactive for the youngest through to the oldest members of the group. Our mission is for everyone to come away smiling, and we mean everyone - tiny babies, on-the-go toddlers, parents and guardians, older residents, people living with dementia, care home staff, our volunteers, the residents' families (who often love to join us)...we all have a great time.

From colourful scarves and shakers to bubble machines and action songs, there's plenty to stimulate the imagination and senses. Our sessions are informal and relaxed, giving everyone the chance to participate at their own comfort level. 

After the music we have Meet & Mingle time - lots of toys, refreshments and time to chat. As parents/guardians and children become regular attendees, intergenerational friendships begin to flourish. It’s lovely for residents to watch the little ones grow over time, for parents/guardians to connect with new people and for children to have older people in their lives on a regular basis.

The details

where & When

MONDAYS 10.30am-11.30am: George Mason Lodge, 20 Chelmsford Road, Leytonstone London E11 1BS
MONDAYS 11am-12pm: Summerdale Court, 73 Butchers Road, Canning Town London E16 1PH
MONDAYS 11am-12pm: Aspray House, 481 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7EB
TUESDAYS 11am-12pm: Parkview House, 212 Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, London E4 8JR
TUESDAYS 11am-12pm: Chamberlain Court, 7 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BS
TUESDAYS 2-3pm: Kew House, 58 Spencer Hill Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4EL
WEDNESDAYS 10.30-11.30am: Bucklesham Grange, 141 Bucklesham Road, Ipswich IP3 8UB
WEDNESDAYS 11am-12pm: Westgate House, 178 Romford Road, Forest Gate, London E7 9HY
WEDNESDAYS 11am-12pm: Anya Court, 286 Dunchurch Road, Rugby CV22 6JA
WEDNESDAYS 2.30-3.30pm: Albany Nursing Home, 11-12 Albany Road, Leyton, London E10 7EL
THURSDAYS 10.30-11.30am: Lakeview, Lightwater Road, Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5XQ
THURSDAYS 10.30-11.30am: Alliston House, 45 Church Hill Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9RX (from 17th October)
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm: St Ives Lodge, 25-29 The Drive, Chingford, London E4 7AJ
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm: Anisha Grange, Outwood Common Road, Billericay CM11 2LE
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm: Admiral Court, Manchester Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3HP
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm: Arlington Manor, Wellbrook Way, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0FW
FRIDAYS 10.30-11.30am: Gawthorne Court, Mostyn Grove, Bow, London E3 2DU
FRIDAYS 11am-12pm: Maycroft Manor, 2-8 Carden Avenue, Brighton BN1 8NA
Watch this space for more launches across England over the coming months.


Our sessions are free to attend. However, as a non-profit, we gladly welcome donations to help cover our costs. We have a donation pot at all our sessions, or you can donate to us online.

how to book

Either email to reserve a space or book instantly through Hoop (you don’t need the app installed). You can book for one session or multiple ones. If no spaces are available to book on Hoop, send us an email as we may be able to offer you a cancellation space.

Songs & Smiles is a wonderful project that bridges the gap between generations. Our residents get so much out of it, I’d recommend it to any care home
— Deepak Luckhan, Manager of Ross Wyld Care Home, London

For parents/guardians

  • A wonderful way to give something back to your local community. By attending with your child, you’re helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older people – it’s a great feeling!

  • Gives your child the valuable opportunity to interact with different generations, helping to make the ageing process and disability a normal part of their lives.

  • A fun, creative and affordable activity to enjoy with your little ones. Our sessions are aimed at 0-4 year olds, but older siblings are welcome too. Music, playing instruments and singing are a fantastic way to develop your child’s language and fine motor skills.

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For care/retirement homes

  • A deeply-enriching experience for your residents. Music is proven to have a positive impact on cognitive functions for older people in care homes, particularly those with dementia, whilst intergenerational activities reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation.

  • A fully-managed service: we provide trained volunteers, equipment, and handle all the marketing to parents. We ensure that our sessions have a minimal impact on your staff’s workload (and hopefully bring them added job satisfaction!)

  • Affordable and flexible: we tailor our service to fit your requirements. As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, our priority is ensuring every care home that wants to take part can do so, regardless of circumstance.

For volunteers

  • A life-affirming way to spend your free time, bringing joy and laughter to those in our society who are often most at need.

  • We have a variety of roles, whether you want to lead the groups, welcome families, help with publicity or more.

  • We provide all the training and ongoing support you’ll need.

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There’s something so nice about coming away from a baby group knowing you might have made someone else’s week better
— Jo, mum to 8 month old Freddie
Clinical psychologist Dr. Ariane Zegarra describes the effect that Songs & Smiles has on those taking part, as well as care home staff.
It’s fantastic! I love the sing-alongs and watching all the kids enjoying themselves. The residents all love it. I just think it’s a wonderful idea really.
— Kathleen, Ross Wyld Care Home resident

David Wood OBE, Chief Executive of national charity Attend, explains why The Together Project's Songs & Smiles sessions are so effective in bringing people of different ages together in meaningful ways.

Stephen Burke, Director of think tank United For All Ages, explains why he believes The Together Project will make such an important contribution to our society.

Songs & Smiles was the best thing we could ever do. Everybody was so happy every week to have you here. It was amazing, like a miracle.
— Karolina Gatkiewicz, Activities Coordinator, Ross Wyld Care Home

For more information on the benefits of intergenerational activities, and of the positive impact that music and singing have in care home settings, take a look at the research from Beth Johnson Foundation, Dementia UK, NHS Scotland and the Local Government Association.

Our Policies

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We’re proud to have partnered with  Normans Instruments  who are offering their generous support for our Songs & Smiles groups

We’re proud to have partnered with Normans Instruments who are offering their generous support for our Songs & Smiles groups