SINGERS-IN-FLOW is a Medway-based singing project for adults at risk of loneliness through visual impairment, mobility challenge, age-related isolation and people facing mental health challenges. The project will bring people together in shared music making activities and significantly make a low or no cost offer to older people at a moment when many are experiencing greater levels of loneliness due to rising costs in all areas of their lives and reduction in community services. We will also work with two local schools to bring younger and older people together for a BIG SING event. Sessions will cover all aspects of vocal health, breath control, rhythm, articulation, confidence building, performing arts skills. The repertoire will be fun and accessible and will not require any previous singing or music experience. Group singing has proven well-being and health benefits. The focus for SiF will be to establish a strong sense of local unity and friendship support across Medway
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Why it's a great idea:
Research is clear that group singing has physical and mental health benefits for participants. It lowers pulse rate, improves breath control, helps people manage anxiety, increases confidence and sense of belonging. Singers-in-Flow will work with ca: 40 adults and 40 children Of whom approx: 20 people aged 65+ 12 people aged 75+ 14 people with long term physical disability 22 people with mental health challenge Participants will see an uplift in mental health and greater sense of belonging. New music and singing skills for all participants - young and old. New friendships across the Medway area for all participants. Increased confidence and reduced isolation for older people. More positive perception of older people, held by children and young families. Feedback from previous projects indicates that SiF is a space where people can: “forget my troubles for a few hours” feel “happy to see some friendly faces” belong to “more than just a singing group"
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