Singing to help Bexhill people with dementia

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People are now able to take part in free singing and activity sessions at a Dementia Support drop-in centre at Bexhill.

Cliff Slack said: “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 people affected by dementia and their carers.

“Inspired by the sheer pleasure, and joy and companionship their singing group enjoyed, Dementia Support East Sussex (DSES) was formed to make it possible for others to share that experience, by supporting the start up of similar singing and activity groups elsewhere in the county.

In December last year Dementia Support East Sussex organised a hugely successful Christmas Concert to raise funds.

A number of local groups and artists entertained an enthusiastic crowd of 150 at Christchurch Blacklands, in Hastings, where the undoubted star of the night was 93 year old Olwen, leading the Silver Lining Singers, with her solo ‘Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’.

“DSES’s first project will be to launch a Bexhill weekly Drop-In for those touched by dementia and their carers.”

The centre opens every Saturday from 10am - 12 noon, from Saturday June 13, at Centenary House, Church Community Centre, 21 Holliers Hill, Bexhill.

It offers the chance to meet new friends, reminisce and be welcomed into the singing group.

A £2 entrance fee for the Saturday morning sessions will include refreshments.

Dementia Support East Sussex is a free membership, not for profit, constituted voluntary group, and will be funded by donation and future grants.

It is carer-led, and volunteer-based. Stimulating activities, including group singing, music, arts and crafts, amateur dramatics and games, will be developed, for the physical benefit of those most in need.

Contact: 01424 212519 / 078696 19861.

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