Stroke survivors in Bury St Edmunds invited to join new choir

The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club are launching a new choir. Picture: St EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH C

The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club are launching a new choir. Picture: St EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

Stroke survivors in the Bury St Edmunds area are being encouraged to join a new choir which has been launched following backing from the borough council.

The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club are launching a new choir. Picture: St EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH C

The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club are launching a new choir. Picture: St EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

The Second Chance Stroke Survivors Club was set up eight years ago to provide social and emotional support to stroke survivors in the Bury area.

The club employs a specialist neurological physiotherapist to work with its members, helping their continuing rehabilitation and with it their confidence. Outings and other activities including dance sessions are also organised by the group to help rebuild the confidence and independence of stroke survivors.

Now the group, which is open to new members, is launching a choir, backed with £600 of locality funding from St Edmundsbury borough councillor Patsy Warby.

Penny Baker, club organiser, said: “There has been a lot of scientific research into the positive effects of singing for stroke survivors. That research shows that singing helps to improve concentration, coordination, attention, personal awareness and memory.


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“There are some stroke survivors who, due to a condition called aphasia, can no longer talk but music comes from a different part of the brain to speech. “Watching someone who cannot talk but who can put across their emotions, thoughts and feelings through the power of song, is simply incredible.

“Many stroke survivors suffer from anxiety and depression but singing lifts people’s spirits by releasing endorphins into the body. It also reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation by bringing people together.”

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The locality funding will pay for an electric piano which will be used to accompany the choir at its singing therapy sessions at Great Barton Village Hall.

Mrs Warby added: “This group is about helping people recognise that they have been given a second chance at life, and helping them make the most of that chance by giving them the support and rehabilitation that they need.

“I am only too pleased to be able to support the club with its fabulous work and I am sure that activities including the new choir will help improve the quality of life for stroke survivors in the area.”

For more information on the Second Chance Stroke Club, visit www.secondchancestrokeclub.co.uk

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