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No reason not to sing!

This year you have no excuse not to sing.  If you’ve been putting it off, not sure if it’s for you, or find it difficult to fit in your schedule, consider this season’s opportunities to join a choir and lend us your voice.

It seems every day there is more and more evidence that singing is good for us, whether we’re living with a dementia diagnosis or not.  There are still questions about how and why we have such strong relationships with music even when we have dementia and there are researchers seeking answers, both locally and further afield.

Starting today and through January, we are welcoming new choir members, especially those who have a dementia diagnosis and their families to join one (or more) of our choirs.  If you know someone who would benefit from a good hearty afternoon of song, lovely new friends and a supportive environment, please pass this information along.  If you are an active member of one of our choirs already, please consider joining our new collaboration with the Perse Upper School.  No singing experience is necessary.  As a group we have a lovely sound that is only made better with more voices.

We have spaces in our D’Music’a choir in Fulbourn village for individuals with a dementia diagnosis and their family members or care partners.  The choir rehearses on alternating Wednesdays beginning today January 6th from 1pm – 3pm at the Townley Memorial Hall in the Fulbourn Centre. We suggest a donation of £2 per person for each rehearsal. There will be an evening concert on 18 March.

We also have spaces in our D’Music’a choir in Reach village also for individuals with a dementia diagnosis and their family members or care partners.  This choir meets on alternating Wednesdays beginning 13 January from 1:30 – 3:30pm (a half hour later than the Fulbourn choir rehearsals), with an evening concert on 9 April.

And, finally, we have a new choir starting on Friday 15 January at the Perse Upper School.  This is a collaboration with a lovely group of upper sixth form students.  We will rehearse and perform at the school’s music hall.  Rehearsals will run from 2:30 – 4:30pm.  This is another opportunity to sing but it will also be an opportunity for you volunteer and help the students increase confidence and awareness of and around dementia while they earn school credit for community outreach. This choir opportunity is free and the concert date is still being arranged.

Whether or not you can join us, please do consider attending a concert (or two).  It’s great to have the strong audience — makes all the rehearsing worthwhile.  We’ll announce the concerts again at the end of January.

For more information, please ring us at 01223 911 622.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year you have no excuse not to sing.  If you’ve been putting it off, not sure if it’s for you, or find it difficult to fit in your schedule, consider this season’s opportunities to join a choir and lend us your voice.

It seems every day there is more and more evidence that singing is good for us, whether we’re living with a dementia diagnosis or actively working to prevent getting it.  There are still questions about how and why we have such strong relationships with music even when we have dementia and there are researchers seeking answers, both locally and further afield.

Starting today and through January, we are welcoming new choir members, especially those who have a dementia diagnosis and their families to join one (or more) of our choirs.  If you know of someone who would benefit from a good hearty afternoon of song, lovely new friends and a supportive environment, please pass this information along.  If you are an active member of one of our choirs already, please consider joining our new collaboration with the Perse Upper School.  No singing experience is necessary.  As a group we have a lovely sound that is only made better with more voices.

We have spaces in our D’Music’a choir in Fulbourn village for individuals with a dementia diagnosis and their family members or care partners.  The choir rehearses on alternating Wednesdays beginning today 6 January from 1pm – 3pm at the Townley Memorial Hall in the Fulbourn Centre. We suggest a donation of £2 per person for each rehearsal. There will be an evening concert on 18 March.

We also have spaces in our D’Music’a choir in Reach village also for individuals with a dementia diagnosis and their family members or care partners.  This choir meets on alternating Wednesdays beginning 13 January from 1:30 – 3:30pm (a half hour later than the Fulbourn choir rehearsals), with an evening concert on 9 April.

And, finally, we have a new choir starting on Friday 15 January at the Perse Upper School.  This is a collaboration with a lovely group of upper sixth form students.  We will rehearse and perform at the school’s music hall.  Rehearsals will run from 2:30 – 4:30pm.  This is another opportunity to sing but it will also be an opportunity for you to help the students increase confidence and awareness of dementia while they earn school credit for community outreach. This choir opportunity is free and the concert date is still being arranged.

Whether or not you can join us, please do consider attending a concert (or two).  It’s great to have the strong audience — makes all the rehearsing worthwhile.  We’ll announce the concerts again at the end of January.

 

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Happy New Year

Happy new year!

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Is that spring in the air?

As I write this, it feels like spring is just ahead for us so it just makes sense to give you a sense of what’s ahead for Dementia Compass too.  Should I pause here so you can find your diary?

Next week, our Still Caring Lunch Club will meet and welcome Julie Philps.  Julie is a research nurse in our local DeNDRoN research network; she’ll be updating us on the local research happenings, hers as well as others.  If you’re interested, there’s still time to book.  Last orders on Monday at 12noon with the lunch on Wednesday, 12:30 for 1pm.

d'music'a fulbourn-1Also on Wednesday, the d’music’a choir members will rehearse once more before their spring concert on Friday night at 8pm.  If you’re a fan of the musical Oliver! this is one not to miss.  The doors open at 7:30 and our free concert will start at 8pm.  It’s cafe style this time, so plan to stay for refreshments afterwards.  (We won’t host another choir at this concert, so you’ll be home sooner than usual.)

caring2 imageOn the following Tuesday (17 March), we will host the Caring 2. evening meeting at the Future Business Centre and welcome Anne Streather of CamSight as our speaker.  Anne is bringing along equipment to share that CamSight offers to support individuals with a vision impairment and she’ll talk to us about how CamSight works, vision issues present for older adults and some emerging findings about dementia and vision in Cambridgeshire. If you support an individual(s) with a dementia, you are welcome to attend.  We encourage pre-booking to keep our costs down.  The first Caring 2. event you attend if free.

Finally, we’re co-hosting In Mind and Body conference on Friday, 17 April which we’ll be publicising more about on the website over the next few days.   I’ll leave you with that and wish you a fabulous weekend!

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