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​The Stroke Association and Katumba ready to rock in Liverpool

Press Release   •   Aug 24, 2017 16:07 BST

The Stroke Association is calling on Liverpool stroke survivors, carers and health professionals to take part in a new drumming project with Katumba, Liverpool’s renowned drumming and movement group.

The charity has paired with Katumba, the largest drum ensemble in the North West, to host an eight week drumming workshop. The two organisations will hold a free taster session on Thursday 14 September from 4pm-5pm at Fazakerley Community Centre, Formosa Drive in Liverpool, where people can learn more about the project. The course will then follow from Thursday 05 October at the same time and venue.

The workshops are open to everyone, regardless of age or ability, and will introduce people to the world of percussion and movement. Participants will get the chance to learn from facilitators who are professionals in their area, learn about the background of the style of music, and find out how it's connected to its history in the UK and beyond.

Kate Charles, Deputy Head of Operations at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re thrilled to be working alongside Katumba on this exciting new project. Using a variety of rhythms from Brazil, Africa and the UK with urban beats, the workshops will boost stroke survivors’ self-esteem and help improve their wellbeing, besides being lots of fun! We’d love to see lots of people from Liverpool at our taster session, where they can find out more.”

Juliana Pinheiro Landim, Managing and Artistic Director at Katumba, said: "We are very excited about the partnership with the Stroke Association and the possibilities it brings: there's such a strong element of physical and mental wellbeing to our drumming that those taking part will only benefit from it. We're designing the sessions specifically for the needs of those taking part, focusing on rehabilitation, group cohesion, and of course lots of fun for all involved!"

Katumba is Liverpool’s renowned drumming group with over 80 drummers and counting, and has recently returned from performing at Brazil’s world famous Carnival celebrations. For more information, visit www.katumba.co.uk.

The Stroke Association has 20 places available on the course. To book a place, email: Kate.charles@stroke.org.uk

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk