The Shine a Light Choir has officially launched and is already making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

The choir is a chance for people with dementia to get out, meet others and enjoy a singalong to boost their wellbeing and create a sense of community and belonging.

The breathing activities and social aspect of the group also benefit their physical and mental health.

Led by choir master Sarah Jones, who has decades of experience running community choirs, the choir will meet weekly until 21 November before taking to the stage in a final performance.

The choir is also open to carers and loved ones who support others with dementia and is a chance for them to meet others in similar situation.

Steve York, who accompanied a family member to the choir, also got involved with the singing and even requested Black Country legends Slade to be added to the choir repertoire.

He said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’ve found it really enlightening and enjoyable. I’m looking forward to next week.”

The Shine a Light Dementia Choir meets every Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm, at West Bromwich Baptist Church.

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