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May 15, 2017

Harnessing the therapeutic benefits of music, Faithfully Ageing Better, has organised a community singalong as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The Big Sing takes place at St Mary’s Church Hall, Green Lane, Acklam, next Wednesday (17 May) at 2.30pm.

Maddy Fisher, from Faithfully Ageing Better, said: “The Big Sing is a great chance for everyone to get together, sing, dance and have fun while raising awareness about dementia.

“It’s not just for those living with dementia and their families, and musical ability is definitely not required.”

Faithfully Ageing Better is part of Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a programme funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, to work with people aged 50 and over to reduce loneliness and isolation. The Big Sing is also supported by Dementia Friendly Churches and Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland.

Michelle Dawson, Programme Manager at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, said: “We know that dementia has a big impact on people within our communities. In particular carers of those living with dementia, who can feel cut off from the outside world and unsure how to reconnect with people.

“Our message this week, and every week, is we are here to help. Our team can support people to move forward in their lives and overcome the barriers that have led to them becoming lonely and isolated.”

Ring 01642 257030 to speak to a member of the team or go to ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk for more information.

To find out what is going on in Middlesbrough to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week go toageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk

For anyone wanting more regular singalongs, there are weekly Singing for the Brain sessions held on alternateTuesdays at the Trinity Centre in North Ormesby and at St Mary’s Church Hall, Acklam, and starting soon on Thursday afternoons at Thorntree Hub.

Did you know?

  • Dementia Awareness Week 2017 runs from 14 to 20 May and is an opportunity to unite people against dementia.
  • To find out more about the Big Sing and Singing for the Brain email maddy.fisher@togethermc.org or call 07532744924.
  • It is free to join Ageing Better Middlesbrough and discover the wide range of activities, events, groups and opportunities that your community has to offer. Find out more on 01642 257034.

By Emily