Singing for the Brain On-line initiative now opening up to the public
Singing for the Brain is a unique programme, conceived by Musical facilitator Fiona Flavin and first piloted by the Crystal Project in Mallow in 2015. There is plenty of evidence to show how singing is not only good for our brain but for our general well-being. Singing for the Brain brings people together from all walks of life in a friendly and stimulating social environment and no singing experience is necessary. The sessions are enjoyable and can also provide a way for people, in particular those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, along with their careers, friends and family, to socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.
A Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) – supported initiative, to date there are now 7 groups across Cork City and County (Mallow, Fermoy, Youghal, Mitchelstown, Bandon, Farranree, Mayfield). Normally, these groups meet up once a week to sing and socialise together. However, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, these groups are now connecting in once a week on-line through ZOOM. This technology entails connecting to the session either through a Lap top or a smart phone. While this may seem challenging for many, the Singing for the Brain steering group have put together a step by step guide to getting set up. They have also been liaising with Cork ETB who are also supporting this initiative and have Resource Workers in all areas offering on-line and telephone support to assist older people to embrace this technology – For assistance with this please contact Ruth at 086 8238758
Due to the success of this initiative, a second day is being organised for members of the general public. This will commence on Wednesday, MAY 6th, 2.30 PM. Once participants have the ZOOM App on their phone, it is a simple click on a LINK that is sent out prior to the session and you will be directly connected into the session
In these challenging times, having the opportunity to connect in with others, through the medium of singing is a fantastic support – from the experience of the sessions to date, a community of kindred souls is already forming and people are enjoying the novelty of singing on-line.
If you are interested, please register your interest by contacting Mary Flynn at Fermoy Resource Centre (Mornings) – 087 – 4622616