The Stroke Association is encouraging people across West Norfolk to discover their musical side and join a new community music and singing group.
The Communication Support Music and Singing Group will be made up of stroke survivors, carers and volunteers. The group will launch on Thursday 9 November and will meet each week at Swaffham Community Centre. The sessions will be supported by Dr Tina Blaber-Wegg from Playing for Cake, a community musician and Singing for Health Practitioner.
There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, and around one third will have aphasia. Aphasia affects people’s ability to communicate, whether it is speaking, reading, writing or understanding.
One stroke survivor who will be joining the group is nonagenarian Ruby White, 93, from Swaffham. Ruby had a stroke in March which left her with aphasia.
Ruby said: “I’m very excited to join the Stroke Association’s music and singing group. Since having a stroke, the Stroke Association have been extremely supportive, and helped me to come to terms with what has happened.
“I’ve always loved music, and enjoy humming along to the radio at home, but I’ve never joined a choir or played an instrument before. When I heard about the Choir, I thought it was an opportunity to have a go at doing something new.”
Gemma Smith, Communication Support Coordinator from the Stroke Association, said: “Aphasia has a massive impact on stroke survivors’ lives and some people can find singing can help with their recovery. We hope that the music and singing group will help people discover a new talent or rediscover an old one. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an expert, it’s fun and friendly for all involved.”
To find out more about the choir please email contact Gemma Smith on 01366 377803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.