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Songs for You offers fun filled singing sessions to people living well with dementia, their carers or loved ones and other older adults.

The sessions are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and are calling on local people to support their cause.

Songs for You allows people to meet, socialise and engage in an activity in a friendly environment. People can have a good natter, cup of tea and cake and sing songs ranging from The Beatles, Presley and Sinatra to songs dating back to the 30s and 40s.

Project lead Helen Wilson says “Singing is a positive and evocative tool helping people with dementia to reconnect themselves and their history through recalled songs and lyrics. These sessions are often their highlight of the week and winning a cash boost from Tesco Bags of Help would enable us to continue running these much needed sessions”.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Songs for You in Cannock is one of three groups in this Tesco region which has been shortlisted to receive the cash award. Shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Voting is open in local Tesco stores throughout July and August and people can cast their votes at Cannock Tesco, WS12 3YY; Cannock Stafford Express WS11 4AL; Great Wryley Express WS6 6LA and Hednesford WS12 1DW.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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To find out about Songs for You please contact Arts for Health on 01785 223128 or 0794208542

Next Cannock Songs for You session : Tuesday 18th July 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Songs for You will be closed for summer break but will resume on Tuesday September 5th 2017

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