Volunteer, Bob, is best known at Resthaven Westbourne Park as ‘Bob, the Guitar Man’.
Delighting residents with his repertoire of old favourites, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Bob visits the home every Wednesday morning to sing songs such as You are my sunshine, and My bonny lies over the ocean.
‘I greatly enjoy my time singing at Resthaven Westbourne Park each Wednesday,’ says Bob.
‘Through these sessions, I have met many wonderful people who share my enthusiasm for singing.’
‘Singing has been a part of my life for a long time.’
‘As a young lad, I sang as a boy soprano in my primary school choir and had some vocal training which continued into my early teenage years.’
‘Later, I became involved in a number of musical productions.’
‘I enjoy musicals and light opera, and sang in the chorus of such productions as HMS Pinafore.’
‘I also sang in a number of choirs, and find choral music most rewarding—there is something quite special about singing with others.’
‘I thank the residents of Resthaven Westbourne Park for welcoming me into their community every Wednesday.’
‘Their singing is delightful, and a source of great pleasure to me.’
Each year in May, Resthaven celebrates volunteers during National Volunteer Week with High Teas across all areas. This year, the High Tea theme is ‘Threads of Life—a yarn starts with “Hello”’.
Bob’s singing certainly ‘ties’ in with this theme!
Bob joined volunteers from other Resthaven sites at Mitcham, Malvern, and Agedcare Alternatives at a thank you high tea to held at Resthaven Westbourne Park on Tuesday 9 May at 2pm at 30 Sussex Terrace, Westbourne Park.