Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is collaborating with NHS Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership (Urgent and Integrated Care) and Intergenerational Music Making on a Together with Music Hub pilot programme taking place at Mickleham Village Hall across six consecutive Thursdays, from 5 August to 9 September.

The course is specifically designed to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of those who have been affected by the pandemic; to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, improve overall mental health and wellbeing, and to support in alleviating respiratory effects of COVID-19 through music-making, singing and connection.

The programme is free to attend, and residents are welcome to drop into one or all of the sessions.

Singing can enhance health, wellbeing and social participation, reducing feelings of isolation and improving posture, breath and anxiety. Singing involves deep breathing, the controlled use of muscles in the respiratory system and can contribute to an increased sense of breath control, proving an effective method to overcome breathlessness and respiratory issues associated with COVID-19.

The sessions are part-funded by a grant from the Community Fund for Surrey and are open to any residents who could benefit from the course. The NHS Social Prescribing service has assisted with promoting the course to those most in need, and Mole Valley Life Community Transport Service are providing transport to and from the venue.

Leader of MVDC, Councillor Stephen Cooksey, said: “This project shows that through partnership working we can help to improve residents’ wellbeing. If you think you might benefit from these sessions, please do get in touch. Or if you know someone who may benefit, let them know about the course.”

The sessions take place from 10.30 – 11.30am. Register to attend or find out more by emailing arts.dev@molevalley.gov.uk or calling 01306 885001.