Launch Event: New Aphasia Choir in Belle Isle

Local charity Speak With IT are launching an exciting new project, the Aphasia* Choir, and would like to invite you to the launch on World Voice Day, Tuesday 16th April at the The GATE community resourse centre, Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle, LS10 3QH.

The launch event is running from 1-3pm and will function as a drop-in event for anyone interested in coming along to observe the choir rehearsing or for some informal networking. You’re welcome to meet the choir and choir master as they proceed with what we anticipate will be an engaging community project within Belle Isle.

*Aphasia relates to the speech and communication difficulties a person may struggle with following a stroke or traumatic brain injury. This may present as word finding difficulties in speech, problems understanding speech and a decline in a person’s reading and writing abilities.

Speak With IT help people with aphasia by pairing them up with volunteers in the local community, who visit them at home to deliver 1-2-1 speech therapy through computer software. We are always considering alternative and new methods to help people with aphasia to improve their speech and communication and combat any accompanying social isolation.

That is why we’re so excited about our new project in Belle Isle which we hope can help tackle all of the above. The Aphasia Choir consists of people with aphasia and their carers coming together in song to have fun, meet new people, get involved in the community and through singing therapy: encourage muscle memory, automatic recall and feel good vibes. The choir is open to all abilities and sings predominantly popular songs to accompaniment.

If you might be interested in being involved with the choir, or would like the option to discuss the opportunity more on an informal basis, please come along to the launch event or contact Hattie from Speak With IT at hforeman@speakwithit.org or 01924 888608.

This post was written by Hattie Foreman

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