New club flourishing

Bexhill Dementia SUS-150408-133500001

Bexhill Dementia SUS-150408-133500001

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There has been an excellent response to a new drop-in friendship and singing club which aims to support people with dementia.

Dementia Support East Sussex has been formed to offer new, free singing and activity

facilities, for those living with dementia.

The singing group Sunny Side Up are currently busy rehearsing for a Christmas Music Evening.

Cliff Slack, who helped set up the club, said: “The project is building nicely, and I can see new friendships being formed, and a real purpose and pride developing.

“Group singing is at the core of what we do at the club.

“ We have a fine mix of established performers and dementia singing groups booked for the Christmas Music Event.

“This is our opportunity to bring carers, cared-for and the community together, in a joyful seasonal celebration of local talent.

“Our sessions include a range of stimulating games and activities, and from our chat sessions, we have started to compile little stories and anecdotes, which we share through a newsletter.

“A visit to the Bridge in Hastings, and a meeting with the Silver Lining Singers, was the inspiration.

“There, a group of carers who had enjoyed the eight week ‘Singing for the Brain’ programme, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, had decided to continue singing and meeting and formed the Silver Lining Singers, comprising of people affected by dementia and their carers,

“We are now exploring the possibility of starting up similar groups in the rural areas, where we can offer our experiences, resources and modest start-up funding.”

Bexhill weekly Drop-In is open every Saturday from 10am - to noon at Centenary House, Church Community Centre, 21 Holliers Hill, Bexhill.

A £2 entrance fee includes refreshments.

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