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Choir for dementia sufferers launches in Rossendale
3:28pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
A CHOIR for sufferers of dementia and their carers in Rossendale has been formed.
Bacup-based charity REAL, which has helped to set up the choir, said it hopes the venture will raise more awareness while providing an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime.
Community development worker Pat Smith was inspired to set up the group after attending a dementia awareness training course.
She said: “I can honestly say it was the best training session that I have ever been to. It was incredibly powerful.
“At first I thought it would not be relevant to me because I do not know anyone who has dementia but I now realise that this is a subject that has relevance to all of us in the community.
“Music can have an amazing effect on people with dementia. Sometimes it can be the only time the person is able to verbalise and talk.”
REAL is working with Burnley-based support group Crossroads Care and hopes that the choir will attract people from across the Valley.
The first session with singing coach and choir leader Janet Swan, will be held at St Mary’s Chambers in Rawtenstall on March 13 from 1pm to 3pm.
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