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New members wanted for Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre’s Singing for Health scheme

New members wanted for Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre’s Singing for Health scheme

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Freedom Leisure's Active Communities Team is helping local people to improve their health and wellbeing. 2018 sees the launch of new sessions; an over 50's activity morning and soft play session, both at King Alfred, Brighton. The over 50's Activity morning starts 18th January and will offer a range of activities including racket sports, a group exercise class, Boccia and access to the pool and gym.

Singing for Health

Another session launched as part of this programme is Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre's 'Singing for Health' programme, which started in November, is proving so popular with a group of regular attendees, that a choir has now been formed and the group are reporting feeling better for it!

The programme, run by Freedom Leisure, which operates Brighton & Hove’s seven leisure centres on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council, is proving to be a huge success for local people's health and wellbeing. 

Community singing has been proven to support good health, both physical and mental, and is a great way for people who don’t normally get involved with community groups to do so with no pressure. Singing as a group is proven to improve disorders like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, while the benefits to mental health are even more wide reaching; with conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem all improved by singing in a group.

Joby Johnson, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager, says: “The aim behind launching the programme was to use singing as a way to help reduce social isolation and aid good health in the area, but we couldn’t have imagined how much more it would do for our attendees.

“Now the group want to expand and be louder! They would like to welcome local residents to come along and join them – absolutely no singing experience or minimum standard required, as this group certainly isn’t about being the best singers it’s just about having fun.”

Find out more

  • Get more information about the over 50's session at King Alfred here.
  • Find out more about King Alfred's new soft play session here.
  • For further details about Singing for Health; visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk or call 01273 622266.
  • Find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing through activity and get top tips on healthy lifestyles from us here