A Leeds choir, created to boost mental health and wellbeing in its participants, is currently recruiting new members.

The Space2Sing choir has been helping people to feel less isolated during the Covid19 pandemic and is part of Live Well Leeds, a city wide service to help people’s mental health.

The choir currently meets every week online and hopes to organise some small face to face group sessions in the coming months which online participants can also connect with.

The group is run by arts and social change charity Space2 and Choir leader, Jane Edwardson, is keen to stress that anyone can have a go:

“Just coming along to sing every week with other people is a massive boost for people’s wellbeing and helps to make us feel more connected.

“We’re only a small group at the moment but there is such a good feeling and everyone is so enthusiastic.”

And many of the members have already seen a positive boost to their mental wellbeing through singing with the choir on Zoom during lockdown: 

“Lockdown has been a particularly difficult time while I’ve been shielding and not able to leave the house,” said Gordon Johnston, aged 43, from Chapel Allerton.

“Space2Sing has been a ray of sunshine, keeping my spirits up with singing and laughter.

“I’m so glad we have been able to meet online while we can’t meet in person, it has helped keep feelings of isolation at bay.”

Ralph Berry, Deliver Network Partnership Manager for Live Well Leeds, said:

“This is a particularly difficult and stressful time for lots of people. Live Well Leeds provides a really wide range of activities for people who might be struggling with their mental health, in partnership with charities like Space2.  

 “We’re thrilled that the Space2Sing Choir has been available for people throughout lockdown and look forward to welcoming more service users”

The Space2Sing choir meets every Wednesday at 3.30pm at Space2, The Old Fire Station, Station Approach, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL.  If you are interested in joining, either in person or via Zoom, contact Emma James on 0113 320 0159 or email
emmaj@space2.org.uk

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