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Halton Housing Trust helps people with dementia find their voice by funding two new Alzheimer's Society Singing for the Brain® groups

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Halton Housing Trust helps people with dementia find their voice by funding two new Alzheimer's Society Singing for the Brain® groups

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Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health

Two new singing groups for people living with dementia have been launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Runcorn and Widnes thanks to funding from Halton Housing Trust.

Singing for the Brain®  is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems. It is a fun session that promotes communication through singing, which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

The Widnes group is being launched on Wednesday, January 8, between 10am and 12 noon, and will be held every fortnight at Naughton Fields, Liverpool Road. The Runcorn group launches on Wednesday, January 15, and will be held every fortnight at Churchill Hall, Cooper Street, Old Town, between 10 am and 12 noon. A total of £5,000 has been donated by Halton Housing Trust to fund these groups for a year.  

Mandy Gough, service manager for Cheshire north and St Helen’s said:
‘We are delighted that Halton Housing Trust is supporting us to provide these services for people living with dementia in Runcorn and Widnes.

‘Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. It is great to see the positive influence music has on people living with dementia.

‘Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled - if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.

‘We look forward to welcoming people with dementia and their carers to the group.’ 

As well as the singing and socialising, a member of staff from Alzheimer's Society will be on hand to provide support and information about all aspects of the disease.

Nick Atkin Chief Executive at Halton Housing Trust said:

‘We are really pleased to be able to play our part in supporting the fantastic work Alzheimer's Society deliver as our Charity of the Year. The roll out of the highly successful Singing for the Brain programme in Widnes and Runcorn will further improve the range and quality of services for those living with dementia as well as their family and carers.’

Booking is essential for the Singing for the Brain® group. For more information on this or accessing other services in the area log on towww.alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation or call Mandy on 0151 420 8010 or email mandy.gough@alzheimers.org.uk

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