Moray was on the Playlist map again as we presented a plaque to Anderson’s Care Home (Elgin) and Weston View Care Home (Keith) on Wednesday 29th November.

Anderson’s hosted a lovely event attended by staff, volunteers, residents and Rotarians. The award ceremony was the latest of many Playlist events this year in Moray. Thanks to generous funding and support from The Rotary Club of Elgin, Buckie Rotary Club and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Moray has become one of the first Playlist Communities.

Last January we ran an awareness session at Elgin Library. Despite it being a very rainy day, over 70 interested people came along to find out about Playlist for Life and how they could support it in their area. We were delighted that 12 Help Points, one in every library in Moray, were agreed, with many others interested in setting one up in the future. The training followed in March.

At the presentation we heard how Playlist for Life has transformed the lives of some of the residents.

Rotarians Sandy Ritchie, Graeme Archibald and Iain Jamieson joined us and were delighted to hear how so many residents have been reached, thanks to their support and the motivation from staff to make it happen.

Plans are in place to ensure personally meaningful music is available to all residents. Anderson’s Care Home have received support from volunteers who have raised funds to provide audio players to many of the residents. Annelise Gough and Robert Seymour raised funds walking the Speyside Way, Glencoe Way, and West Highland Way. Their mission was to provide audio players to ALL residents – well done!

Our Training Officer, Paula Bain went home with a song from one of the residents who sang ‘I belong to Glasgow’- a fitting end to a wonderful day!