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Rising Voices Wessex: Rising Voices Higher

Rising Voices Wessex community choirs present a unique way to help people affected by cancer to recover from their experience. The project uses singing to help people achieve a ‘new normality’ in the above circumstances.

Name of organisation:

Rising Voices Wessex, community choirs for people affected by cancer

Title of project/programme:

Rising Voices Higher

Dates of project/programme:

Ongoing

Summary

A diagnosis of cancer shatters peoples lives and those of their family. Rising Voices Wessex community choirs present a unique way to help people affected by cancer to recover from their experience. The choirs are open to anyone who needs support and encouragement to regain their health and wellbeing following treatment for cancer, those who are carers or those who have lost a loved one to cancer. Members do not need to be able to read music. The project aims to help people achieve a ‘new normality’ in the above circumstances. Singing is recognised as improving self-confidence, wellbeing and quality of life.

The choir was initially set up for three months to ‘test the concept’ in 2013 and evaluation showed that people found the singing beneficial – the initial choir was established in Poole and now has over 60 members; a second Bournemouth-based choir commenced in June 2015 has over 20 members. A further survey of members in 2015 yielded overwhelmingly positive feedback as to the benefits of membership.

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