Beating the drums for trying something new

The African drumming session at Batley Old People's Centre.
The African drumming session at Batley Old People's Centre.

Older people in Kirklees have tried their hand at African drumming for the first time at Batley Old People’s Centre.

Local drum teacher Logan Hartley from Musica Kirklees led the free workshop which was part of First Time for Everything programme.

The scheme is designed by Royal Voluntary Service and Prudential to give older people in Kirklees an opportunity to try something new for free on their doorstep.

Amanda Stirling, community buildings development worker for Royal Voluntary Service in Kirklees, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many local people enjoying our activities, including new members who haven’t been to Batley Old People’s Centre before.

“Thanks to funding from Prudential, we have lots more exciting events coming up and hope that even more older people, their carers and families will come along. It’s never too late to try something for the first time.

“For anyone with a few hours to spare, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community. Our volunteers are a wonderful bunch of people.”

Margaret Middleton, a service user from Kirklees, attended the African drumming workshop. She said: “It was a worthy experience involving memory, timing, rhythm and socialising. I had an enjoyable time.”

Call Royal Voluntary Service on 01924 446100 or email westyorkshirehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk for more details about volunteering in Kirklees.