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Singing for Social Care with Hallé Connect

Press Release: 30/11/2021

 
Halle GroupAdult Social care staff from Tameside and those supported by the service gathered to sing together with the Hallé to celebrate their hard work.

The musical event at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday 25 November celebrated social care staff and was led by Manchester’s renowned Hallé conductors. The Hallé have previously developed the original song ‘Fanfare for Care’ to honour those who work in the social care sector and those they support. This workshop was a continuation of their involvement with the social care sector.

Hallé Connect aims to bring communities together with song, making the formal concert hall accessible to all. No musical skills were needed for the workshop, only an open mind and the enthusiasm to join in and sing. Their work has gradually developed over 20 years to benefit people in various educational and community settings.

Councillor Eleanor Wills, Executive member for Adult Services and Population Health, said:
‘‘The Singing for Wellbeing Workshop with Hallé was such a fantastic experience for everyone involved. The workshop was a great opportunity for Tameside adult social care staff and its users to safely enjoy themselves and to lift any feelings of isolation. The pandemic was challenging for all those in the adult social care sector, so coming together and singing really gave them a chance to celebrate and recognise their achievements.

‘’Our adult services in Tameside see the positive impact of musical activities with vulnerable people and so we are very happy to have been involved in such a special outreach programme. I would like to thank the wonderful conductors Matthew Roughley and Sam Gilliatt for leading such an engaging and exciting session for all those who attended. This event had a hugely positive effect on everyone’s wellbeing and made everyone feel connected again.’’

The singing for wellbeing workshop aimed to celebrate and recognise adult social care staff and those who use the service in the borough. The pandemic was a challenging time for care staff and all the people supported through care services. The workshop aimed to uplift and connect all those attending and have a positive impact on their wellbeing.

This session safely brought together adult social care workers, the services users and their families to celebrate their staff through music. The leaders of Hallé Connect believe that singing in a group is a powerful experience- it’s uplifting, energising and makes everyone involved feel happy. They have also found that singing has a positive impact on people’s wellbeing, singing forces people to take a moment to pause and connect with the movement of their breath.

HalleDavid Butcher the Chief Executive of the Hallé, said:

‘’The Hallé strongly believes that everyone has a voice, and we know very well the positive impact of singing together with others. Singing together is a social activity and brings a sense of shared achievement to all those involved.’’

‘’The workshop held at Dukinfield town hall reflected just that, all those who attended connected through singing and brought Tameside’s social care sector together. Hopefully the impact of the workshop will go beyond the session itself and participants will be singing or humming some of the tunes to themselves without even realising it for some time afterwards.’’
 
Most importantly, the Hallé believe singing is a social activity and it harmoniously brings people together. The session was also recorded for Greater Manchester Social Care, for the enjoyment of many others who were unable to make it so they could participate for free from the comfort of their own homes.

The social event brought those in the care sector together and showed the pride and appreciation for those involved in the adult social care service.
 
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