A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by the Alzheimer’s Society in Halton.

Singing for the Brain is a programme for people with memory problems.

It promotes communication through singing, which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Mandy Gough, service manager for the Alzheimer's Society in Halton said: “Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled - if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.

“There are 1,200 people living with dementia in Halton. With the right support people can live well with the condition in their communities.

“It’s a welcoming, relaxed and informal group, it’s great fun and refreshments are available. Whether you are a wonderful singer or just starting out, there is something for everyone.”

The group meets on alternate Wednesdays in Widnes and Runcorn.

The next session will be held at Naughton Fields, Liverpool Road, Widnes on Wednesday, April 30. and at Beechwood Community Centre, Beechwood Avenue, Runcorn on Wednesday, May 7. Both sessions are held from 1pm to 2.30pm.

For more details, call 0151 420 8010, e-mail halton&sthelens@alzheimers.org.uk or visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation.