News NEW CHOIR WILL GIVE A VOICE TO PEOPLE WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS A new choir for people living with neurological conditions is being set up in Minchinhampton. Neu Voices Choir, the first of its kind in the county, aims to bring together people with neurological conditions (such as Parkinson ’s disease, aphasia and MS) or who are recovering from a brain injury or stroke and help them to build confidence and make music for themselves. It is also aimed at their families, friends and carers. The choir is being run by qualified music therapists Rachel Smith and Jane Crampton (pictured) with support from Guideposts Music Therapy Service and sessions will be held fortnightly at The Hub in Minchinhampton. Research has shown that people living with conditions like aphasia can really benefit from singing which can help improve speech and communication. Rachel said: “Singing is a very sociable activity that can improve speech articulation and confidence and raise self-esteem. It can also enable a person to feel a valued member of a group. “Music connects people with each other irrespective of communication abilities and supports areas of physical health such as breath and voice control. Neu Voices Choir will be a place where people can sing together, make new friends and share and sing their favourite music.” It is hoped the choir will attract up to 30 people and the organisers are also looking to recruit volunteers to help make tea and coffee and offer musical support to the group. The first session takes place at The Hub, Tobacconist Road, Minchinhampton on 12th January from 2-3pm. The first session is free and further sessions cost £5 (suggested donation). For more information contact Rachel Smith at [email protected] or call 07870 392620.