Henley Talent Wanted to Bring Cheer to Elderly Care Home Residents

Henley people with talent are being sought by volunteer group Henley Mutual Aid to feature in films to help brighten up the days of elderly residents.

The volunteer group, which provides support to anyone in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, has launched a search for talent acts to be used to create short films for people living in our town’s care homes.

Local resident and BBC journalist Sophie Van Brugen came up with the idea and is working with Henley Mutual Aid to help produce the films, which will be personalised for each care home by the Mayor Councillor, Ken Arlett.

Emma Taylor, of the Mutual Aid Group, said: “We are aware that people in care homes are not able to have even socially distanced visits from family or friends, and may be feeling quite isolated. We decided that as part of our remit is to bring the community together, we would make some short films residents can enjoy.

“We are looking for adults and children who can film a short act, whether singing, dancing, a comedy or magic act, or even some drama.”

Ms Taylor added: “We hope to have a good mix of different acts, like a Henley Variety Show, to cheer up residents and give them something to enjoy. We all need our spirits lifting during these challenging times and we especially want to look after our elderly and vulnerable residents who have given so much to our town.”

Anyone who would like to put themselves forward to be in the films should fill in the form at www.henleymutualaid.org.uk.

Henley Mutual Aid Group (HMAG), was set up by local residents to offer support and help during the Covid crisis, and  is the area hub, working with South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) to ensure no-one in the Henley area is missed out.

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