Insights

08/19/2021

Regine and Wolfgang give fresh air concerts with the hurdy-gurdy

In times of the Corona pandemic, it became quiet on the grounds of the Evangelisches Johannesstift in Berlin Spandau. Leisure activities had to be discontinued and the residents rarely had the opportunity to leave their flats. For Regine and Wolfgang, it was too quiet. They felt they had to do something here.

Thought, action: already in December 2020, they had spontaneously moved around the Abbey grounds after a devotion with an organ grinder, playing Christmas carols. In March 2021, they set out again to bring music home to the residents of the monastery, even if they were not supposed to leave their flats. The nostalgic hurdy-gurdy, on loan from the Spiritual Centre for Dementia, has over 200 different melodies programmed into it and offers a song to suit every taste. So it happens that we now play for many people: For children in the nursery, after-school care, and school, for elderly people in residential care facilities, for patients in the hospital, for employees who are on a break, and for wheelchair users as well as guests who happen to be passing by.

„The good mood is contagious. We also join in and dance along! There is something to the saying "You get so much back": enthusiasm and thanks are written all over everyone's face.“

Regine and Wolfgang

With the wonderful result that everyone is elated and enjoys the familiar melodies. It can't be played often enough "Tulips from Amsterdam" for the older ones, "Duck Dance" for the younger ones and for passing Berlin melodies like the "Sports Palace Waltz". The good mood is contagious. We join in and dance along! There is something to the saying "You get so much back": enthusiasm and thanks are written all over everyone's face.

You can find more information about the Evangelisches Johannesstift SbR here:  www.evangelisches-johannesstift.de 

47th Berlin Seniors' Week

The portrait was created as part of the 47th Berlin Seniors' Week under the title "Vielfältig.Erfahren.Engagiert" (Diverse.Experienced.Committed) and was made available for the Euopean Volunteering Capital page with the kind permission of the Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs and the people portrayed. The touring exhibition, which is dedicated to the diverse and experienced commitment of Berlin's senior citizens, tours through Berlin's districts and can be visited free of charge at one location for one week at a time.

More Information (in German)