Who Are We?
The Singing Café was founded in October 2013 with the sole purpose of providing singing therapy to those that need it. That could be people with mental health disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's, those with memory loss or just anybody that could use the company. What started out as a means of tackling mental health within the community has turned into so much more. We noticed that greater community needs weren’t being met by government support systems, and The Singing Cafe is our way of making a difference.
What Do We Do?
We provide a warm and welcoming environment where guests can come along with carers or family members and enjoy a participative activity together. Our cafes start with refreshments and we also have a break for refreshments half-way through. This gives guests a chance to connect with others facing similar situations or difficulties. We move on to singing positive and upbeat songs and incorporate musical instruments such as tambourines. We use a large TV screen to display lyrics and pictures to help guests to follow, as well as trying to choose songs that everybody will know. The deep breathing that is often required with singing, paired with the physical movement that the instruments encourage helps our guests to feel energised.
Why do we do it?
We know from years of scientific research that singing improves the brain function. This has positive implications for emotional and physical health and wellbeing. A somewhat under-appreciated communicative tool, singing can help the mind access memories and feelings that have been lost as a result of mental health struggles. Whilst it is not a cure, it helps to ease the discomfort felt by so many.