A SensationALL Choir

05 March 2015

A Scottish charity based in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, that works with children and young adults with disabilities has received a grant of over £23,000 to set up a new community choir.

The funding, awarded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthKind through the Health Lottery, will enable local group SensationALL to establish an innovative community choir which will bring disabled young people, their families and local residents together in Westhill. Using the power of music, young people will learn, have fun and make new friends, while increasing awareness in the community of the difficulties they face and their potential.

Weekly choir sessions will be attended by disabled young people, music therapists as well as other members of the community. The investment will be used to cover running costs for an initial two year period, but it is hoped that the choir will be adopted by the Westhill community and run for many more years. 

In the coming weeks, local residents wishing to participate as choir members, musicians, or volunteer helpers will be given an opportunity to help make SensationALL Singers a reality. 

Founder Susan Kay, said: “Many local families have difficulty finding affordable activities in which all family members can participate and also fully accommodate the special needs of their child. Thanks to this funding from People’s Health Trust, local parents and their children can enjoy an uplifting and exciting activity that people of all ages and abilities can participate in and benefit from.

“There is a wealth of information about the health benefits that singing together can offer in terms of increasing confidence, self-esteem, memory, concentration and social skills. Singing stimulates all the senses and encourages emotional expression as well as having physical benefits in terms of improved breathing and muscle tone. We are so grateful to People’s Health Trust for this opportunity to make our inclusive vision a reality.”

A parent from the group said, “My six year old son with complex needs and autism who is non-verbal, responds so much more to music than language, and his face lights up as soon as any music starts and his sister can help him play the percussion instruments so they can share the experience”.

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For more information please contact George Tyson, Media Officer, at [email protected] / 0207 697 4017

Peoples’ Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthKind is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Aberdeenshire, Highland, Aberdeen, Moray, Western Isles, Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands. www.healthkindcic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

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