Black Country dementia choir seeks choir master

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The search is on for a choir master to lead a brand new dementia choir in the Black Country.

Black Country Brighter Lives, the charitable arm of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch a choir specifically for people living with dementia.

It is hoped the choir will give people living with dementia a chance to take part in meaningful activity in an inclusive environment, while giving them a sense of belonging and community.

Dementia choirs have been shown to reduce social isolation, give choir members a voice and help reduce stigma around people living with dementia.

The team at Black Country Brighter Lives are now appealing for anyone interested in being a choir master to come forward, so they can continue their journey to bring music and opportunity to people living with dementia in the Black Country.

They are particularly looking for a skilled and experienced choir master who has experience of supporting and working with people who have the condition. Dr Michael Ridley-Dash, a principal clinical psychiatrist at BCHFT, said:

"The role of dementia choir leader is key to the success of our future choir and I am excited to hear from anyone with the passion and experience for the role."

The choir is set to be funded by money raised by the charity’s ‘Shine a light on dementia’ fundraising campaign which aimed to enhance the experience of patients that are living with dementia.

The campaign raised £1,560, with the Trust running activities such as awareness webinars and a mindfulness retreat.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the opportunity or wishes to put themselves forward as a choir master should contact Dr Ridley-Dash on 0121 227 6033.


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