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Care homes still singing a year on

Sing for your life

Donald Clark, 82 and Samuel Wylie, 92 enjoy a sing-along

Six of Slough’s care homes received certificates from the Mayor at an event to mark a year of the Sing For Your Life initiative.

The project is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of care home residents through regular group singing sessions, as research shows singing has a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Participating care homes have been given specially designed karaoke-style music players to accompany the sing-a-longs. The machines plug into the television and display lyrics on the screen and can also alter the pitch and tempo of songs to suit residents.

Slough Mayor, Cllr Shaqif Chaudhry, presented each of the participating care homes with a certificate recognising their contribution to the project, before joining residents, carers and health workers for a closing sing-a-long.

The celebratory event was held at Langley Haven Care Home, where staff had laid on food and provided a marquee for guests.

Pip Collings, project manager, said: “Singing is very therapeutic and we’re delighted to see it having such a positive impact. One of the care homes even runs daily sessions, which demonstrates just how popular it is.”

Launched by the public health team in Slough in August 2013, the project is funded by Big Lottery’s Chances4Change programme.

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