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The healing power of song celebrated at Hellesdon Hospital
11/06/2014

A pioneering project that started out on a 10 year healing journey at Hellesdon Hospital, in Norwich is returning to celebrate its anniversary.

The first Sing Your Heart Out singing workshops were held at Hellesdon Hospital in the autumn of 2004. They were arranged by psychotherapist Tracy Morefield and led initially by Sian Croose and then by Chrissy Parsons West.

Now 10 years on, Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) is going back to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Hellesdon Hospital for a celebration with as many old friends, and new friends, as possible.

Sing Your Heart Out’s new patron, BBC journalist Carol Bundock, will be joining the celebration on June 25.

Over the past decade Sing Your Heart Out has performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and featured in a wide range of national and regional radio and TV broadcasts and newspaper articles. In 2012, Sing Your Heart Out was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

SYHO is primarily aimed at people who have experienced mental health problems, and may be finding life a bit of a challenge. Sing Your Heart Out also welcomes people with learning difficulties or mild dementia.

Founder member, Penny Holden said: "It’s been quite a journey for everyone involved over the past 10 years. Our singing sessions are designed to help people feel better about themselves.

"Anyone of 18 or over is welcome to come along, and we especially welcome anyone who is a present or past user of Norfolk and Suffolk mental health services, their family, friends, carers, any support workers, and staff.

"Singing can help reduce stress, increase confidence and they gives you a chance to be with other people who will understand how you feel.

"At SYHO everyone is encouraged to join in and sing, but if the thought of singing worries you, you can just enjoy listening to begin with."

The 10th anniversary celebration takes place in the Main Hall, Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich, NR6 5BE, from 3pm to 5pm on June 25.

Please visit www.syho.org  for more information.