Mark Baldwin and Barbra Teater attend Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development
20 July 2012
Dr Mark Baldwin and Dr Barbra Teater present their research findings at the Joint World Conference in Stockholm.
Dr Mark Baldwin and Dr Barbra Teater (formerly of the University of Bath) presented a paper entitled ‘Singing for successful ageing: the perceived benefits of community singing amongst older adults’ at the 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact in Stockholm on Wednesday 11 July.
The paper reported on an evaluation of the Golden Oldies, a Bath originating singing project involving older people. The evaluation aimed to determine the impact the programme had on the participants’ perceived health and well-being, and the extent to which Golden Oldies encourages participants to become socially active.
The findings support the growing body of evidence demonstrating the positive impact that can be achieved through community-arts programmes.
Mark and Barbra have suggested that social workers would do well to understand the worth of preventative community based projects, whilst also acknowledging that the austerity policies of the Coalition Government are seriously jeopardising such community resources.