Music and singing classes in Ely to support people suffering with Parkinson’s and MS

PUBLISHED: 17:16 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 28 August 2018

Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society, Ely have collaborated to create classes to help people in East Cambs suffering with the disease. Picture: Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society, Ely have collaborated to create classes to help people in East Cambs suffering with the disease. Picture: Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK

Two charities have teamed up to create singing and music workshops in Ely to help local people with Parkinson’s and MS.

The collaboration between Parkinson’s UK and The MS Society has seen the creation of a 12-week programme, beginning September 21, to “improve health and confidence through music”.

Julie Wilson, area development manager for Parkinson’s UK, said: “We have been working with the MS Society and our music and singing instructor to put together a program that we hope will help people feel more confident when communicating and which gives them a sense of overall improved physical wellbeing.

“So please do come along and don’t be put off by thinking you have to have a great singing voice because that is certainly not the case!”

The workshops are designed to “exercise and strengthen the muscle groups needed for speech and lung function” – which can be affected by Parkinson’s and MS.

The organisers hope that those taking part will also benefit from the chance to socialise and make friends with others facing similar challenges.

The sessions will run weekly from Friday September 21 until Friday December 7, staring at 10.30am at the Scout Hut, St Johns Road, Ely.

For more information, contact Julie Wilson of Parkinson’s UK on 0300 123 3675 or email: jmwilson@parkinsons.org.uk

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