We run singing for health sessions on the wards and in the community.
In the community we run Songs for You sessions for people with dementia and their carers. The sessions offer a safe and welcoming environment, they are professionally led and there are friendly staff and volunteers to support. We sing well-known songs and learn new ones and this stimulating activity can help with general wellbeing and confidence. You will meet others with similar experiences and there is tea and cake after the session and time to chat with friends and make new ones.
Songs for You sessions take place in Shrewsbury, Stafford & Cannock. For Shrewsbury details contact: Jessica Kent 01743 210048 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and for Stafford and Cannock - contact Helen Wilson 01785 221328 or email: email@example.com
On the wards at Redwoods Kate Allan has been delivering singing for over 5 years to various older adult and adult wards “we enjoyed the singing so much today – you always lift our spirits and put a smile on our faces. My husband sings much easier than he can express himself in words, which is lovely to see. “
At St Georges and George Bryan Centre, Gillie Nichols is delivering singing sessions to older adult inpatients. “Amazing, takes my breath away and my thoughts are positive always. Thank you” “Loved every minute of the singing – want it more often!”
As part of our staff health and wellbeing programme, we provide opportunities for staff to come together to sing and the staff choir has performed at various Trust events.
A Songs for You session can be seen in the video below, starting at 4.30 into the clip, so please take a look....
The section on SSSFT Arts For Health starts at 4:30
Staffordshire County Council’s Community Arts Fund helps to support Staffordshire communities in their access to a wide range of cultural activities. This short film provides an insight into the different projects that the fund has supported over the last year, it celebrates the diverse range of activities taking place, the arts organisations that make it happen and the beneficial impact on the community.
Dance is taking place on our older adult wards both at Redwoods and at St George’s. We have experienced dance practitioners Rachel Liggitt and Helen Yeomans delivering to our inpatients, taking them through a range of gentle movement to music and exploring the benefits of this art form for wellbeing.
The benefits of movement sessions include: stimulating cognitive function, improving mobility and responsiveness, connecting people and creating a sense of community, stimulating the senses, improving balance, co-ordination and confidence and encouraging self-expression in a safe environment.