New singing group set to be launched

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THE Scarborough branch of the Alzheimer’s Society is celebrating Christmas by setting up a new singing group for people with dementia, after winning funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All.

The group will run weekly from January and is intended for people in early to mid stage dementia and their carers to enjoy music and companionship.

Irene Jervis, leisure and well-being Worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, who will be leading the group, said, “We have wanted to set up a Singing for the Brain group for a while and we are delighted to have the funding to start in 2012. We can take a maximum of 25 people and we are expecting it to be as popular in Scarborough as it has been everywhere else in the country.”

Irene also made a plea for volunteers to help out: “I’m looking for someone to be Scarborough’s answer to Gareth Malone – to help me lead the singing and pick out the tunes on a keyboard or guitar – someone used to running fun music sessions. I am also looking for volunteers to help out with the group by joining in with the singing, making refreshments and helping to create a friendly atmosphere.”

If you would like to know more about the group or are interested in volunteering, call (01723) 500958.