Community

Welcome to our new Community web page. Bluebird Care Gloucestershire North is passionate about helping the people in our local community and strives to always go the extra mile.

Bluebird Care Gloucestershire North are currently giving back to their local community by sponsoring the local 16+ rugby team - Gloucestershire Warriors.

The team meet weekly to play against other teams in the UK and Bluebird Care Gloucestershire North are sponsoring their kit.

You can find more information about the Gloucestershire Warriors on their website.


 

The Songaminute Man

Teddy ‘Mac’ McDermott shot to fame online as 'The Songaminute Man', when his son Simon posted videos of his father singing, during their very own Carpool Karaoke on YouTube, which rapidly went viral and became a worldwide hit. 
 
Simon was inspired to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society by the advice and support the McDermott family received from the charity’s National Dementia Helpline, following his father’s diagnosis of dementia. The unlikely double-act proved to be hugely successful, contributing to the country’s leading dementia charity to the tune of more than £100,000 – a massive 11569% increase on Simon’s initial fundraising aim of £1,000. 
 
The 80-year-old former Butlin's Redcoat is now heading for the music charts with his solo single after being signed up by the Decca Records label.
 
Our Stroud office Dementia Lead, Tracy Morgan, says:

Language and communication are, eventually, affected by most types of dementia. Research has shown that people with dementia retain the ability to sing familiar songs, long after their speech has been affected. In fact, speaking ability can be improved, or brought back, using the techniques of Mind Song. As well as raising awareness, and money for research, Teddy Mac is an ambassador for power of song, and also sends out a clear message that people with dementia can continue to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Buy the single 'You make me feel so young' by The Songaminute Man

Teddy is now working on an album, which he hopes to release in time for Christmas. Decca is not backing this project, and Teddy and Simon have turned to crowd funding to raise the money they need. 

You can donate on his JustGiving page here. 

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