Dementia Singing Group, Members and Volunteers Required

We are also currently looking for new members and there carers and a Volunteer Keyboard Player/Pianist to play once per month for 2 hours so if you interested please get in touch.

The Singing Group at Chesser
WHEN? 2.00pm – 4.00pm
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month

WHERE? Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church
Edgar Hall Gorgie Road,
Edinburgh

Who is this group for?
It is for people with Dementia who enjoy singing and who are still able to live at home in the Community. The group also provides support for their carer(s).

Who are we?
The Beacon Club provides opportunities for people with Dementia and their carer(s) to come together to socialise and to sing, with the emphasis on enjoyment and fun. We are not a choir, and do not aim for performances.

What happens?
We meet for coffee and a chat first, giving people a chance to socialise and also to find help, advice or support from volunteers of other members of the group. After that, we sing together enjoyably and in a relaxed atmosphere for around 45 minutes. There is a singing leader and an accompanist. Our repertoire is varied and is built upon requests from members e.g. songs from yesteryear, songs from musicals and films and some rounds

Often there is a simple music quiz, and each session includes a selection of Scottish songs as these are very popular. We sit in a circle to allow everyone to feel equal and not identifiable by their illness. This helps to promote feelings of belonging.

The Sessions give participants a positive view of life. The lively atmosphere encourages communication and helps to relieve the tension and isolation that illnesses such as Dementia can bring about. These benefits, experienced by all, often extend beyond the sessions as people return home.

What are our aims?
The Singing Group offers stimulating and social activities designed to enhance well-being, and provide enjoyment and confidence to lives affected by memory problems and Dementia. Research shows that such activities reduces stress and agitation – encouraging a ‘feel good’ factor in all. Volunteers are on hand but those with dementia should be accompanied. There is no charge, but a small donation towards refreshments is appreciated.