A charity is looking for volunteers to help with a new singing group for people living with dementia in Mansfield.
Singing for the Brain® is a free service being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Nottinghamshire on 2nd November, funded by money raised by Health Regard through The Health Lottery.
Volunteers are needed to help out with setting up the room, serving refreshments and keeping a list of attendees – as well as joining in with the singing! Volunteers would need to give two hours a week and would be given training.
Angela Warren, Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain Leader, Nottinghamshire said: “If you are interested in music, are able to interact with people, can show empathy, patience and consideration then we would love to hear from you.
“The Singing for the Brain sessions offer people with dementia and their carers an opportunity to benefit from singing and musical activity. It provides an opportunity to build friendships, gain support and share experiences with people who understand the issues surrounding living with dementia.”
Singing for the Brain ® is a programme developed by music specialists to help people with memory problems and has been specifically created for people with dementia and their carers to help to sustain mental and psychological well-being. This is achieved through stimulating and challenging singing and gentle physical activity – much more than just a sing-along.
There are currently more than 11,000 people living with dementia in Nottinghamshire. That number is likely to reach 14,500 in the next ten years.
People who are interested in volunteering – or in coming along to the new group - should contact Angela Warren on 0115 9343800. To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society or Singing for the Brain® visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/singingforthebrain