Sing Along With Ellie will launch new groups in South Normanton

Sing Along With Ellie to launch new groups for people with dementia in South Normanton

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 26th September 2023

Sing Along With Ellie has unveiled plans to launch two new groups for people with dementia in South Normanton.

Sing Along With Ellie already delivers sessions in Pinxton and Sutton-in-Ashfield, using music to unlock memories and boost wellbeing.

Now, Ellie Fessey, who delivers the sessions, is preparing to start groups at J28 Church in South Normanton.

She will run two groups – Singing for the Brain and Arts & Crafts with Ellie.

The first Singing for the Brain session will take place on Tuesday, October 3. From then on, the group will meet every four weeks.

Explaining the benefits of the singing session, Ellie said: “Our group allows people to have fun in a safe, relaxing environment.

“We sing, dance and we laugh, reminisce, share stories, memories that the music unlocks within us.

“Singing obviously plays a large part of our sessions. It allows barriers to be broken down, especially for those with dementia. The brain’s musical memory is incredible and is able to connect people in a liberating way.”

The arts and crafts group will meet at J28 Church for the first time on Tuesday, October 17. Like the singing session, the group will then meet every four weeks.

Everyone is welcome to join the groups, not just those living with dementia.

Ellie explained: “All of our groups are also open to anyone that would like to join in. Our groups are a real mix of people, about half of which do not have dementia but they enjoy singing, socialising or doing some arts and crafts.

“Our groups are inclusive and everyone will receive a very warm welcome.”

Sessions do not have to be booked in advance. Entry to both the Singing for the Brain and Arts & Crafts with Ellie sessions are £4 per person, which includes refreshments and materials.

There is a reduced entrance fee of £2 for anyone who brings a loved one or friend with dementia.

You can find out more about Sing Along With Ellie here.

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