STARS, a singing group of over 50s from Stafford and the surrounding area, applied to the fund to run a summer school project to promote health and wellbeing for the over 50s.
Second Time Around Singers otherwise known as the STARS are a group of like minded men and women all aged over 50 years who meet up once a week for a couple of hours to sing for pleasure.
STARS engaged local artist Martin Jones to provide singing workshops over the summer to encourage participation and learn new skills. The project offered a series of harmony singing for beginners and opened it up to the whole community to join.
This culminated in a number of events including a performance at the Stafford Arts Festival on 7th September.
The project was helped by funding from the Staffordshire County Council Community Arts Fund
Health benefits of singing
Members of the group often report feeling more positive about their health and wellbeing through singing. It particularly aids their breathing. Reduced visits to the doctor have also been reported as well as, in some cases, a reduction in medication. Those suffering from early dementia find singing to be very beneficial to them. We are keen to extend this sense of wellbeing to the wider community – Heather Temperton, STARS singers
You can find out more about Second Time Around Singers at their own website