Southern Cross Care staff at Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Victoria Park Nursing Home have put together some festive events to help combat feelings of loneliness in their elderly residents. Residents were tapping their feet and singing along to a piano showcase from Bush Chaplain Lindsay Ginn on Tuesday afternoon to start the holiday season with joy. Activities assistant Sue-Ann Stewart said Ginn sang and played music for residents and shared stories of his experiences with them. “The residents seem to love the music for some reason — Lindsay played old songs and Christmas carols and they do sing along,” she said. “They were tapping their feet and they really enjoyed it.” The musician has a longstanding relationship with the home, having previously supported concerts as the piano accompaniment for students at St Mary’s Primary School who have sung for residents. Being moved by how meaningful the concerts were for elderly residents, in his role as a Bush Chaplain with Frontier Services, Ginn wanted to return as a solo act to lift the spirits of residents, and start the festive season with some carols and cheer. Further, the home invites residents to a Christmas lunch every year which also involves presents, hamper raffles and entertainment by local performers. Ms Stewart said the three-course meal, cooked by the in-house chef, would be served by staff and volunteers on December 15 this year. “Bunnings comes along as well and they bring presents for the residents and go around and help us speak to residents and help with the lunch and things like that,” she said. “Our normal volunteers come and help — friends and family — for the day with doing dishes and things like that. “They have a family member each to sit with them so a family member can chat with the resident on the day.” Ms Stewart said all money raised through the hamper raffles went back into the home to help with buying activity items. The home has been decorated with recycled Christmas decorations ready for the first day of December.