Sing Your Heart Out for Charity

Eiden and Lynda at Langside School
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Diverse Abilities has an exciting opportunity for individuals and groups to exercise their vocal cords in a bid to raise money for the Dorset disability charity. Throughout March 2018 Diverse Abilities is asking the local community to take part in the charity’s singing month. Anyone from established choir groups, to schools and individuals can take part in this fun and engaging project.

Whether it’s busking in the street, organising a ticketed performance for friends and family or hosting a sing-off in school, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to make a difference and raise vital funds to support the charity’s services that support over 700 people across Dorset.

Diverse Abilities frequently use singing in its services, especially at its specialist school, Langside. Using song as part of a routine helps the children supported recognise actions, days, and repetitive tasks.

Jon Seaward, principal at Langside School, said: “We can all appreciate the power of music - it can make us dance, make us cry and can elicit great memories and responses.  The ability to appreciate and respond to music is usually unimpaired by disability. Finding ways to motivate children to work on challenging tasks or skills can be very difficult.  Music has proven to be one of the top motivators for children with a disability, whether using instruments or recorded music. Music is also a rich way to connect with a child and deepen the bond, but possibly more importantly for our children - it’s non-verbal.”

Local pubs have already registered their interest in taking part in the Sing to Raise fundraising initiative. The Boot Inn in Weymouth will be hosting their ‘Cheese, Wine & JAM!’ Open Mic Night on Monday 5 March and a live music event with Andy Grant on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

The Famous Old Spa pub and restaurant in Weymouth are also getting involved and will be hosting a band night on 29 March 2018, alongside a bucket collection to support Diverse Abilities.

Pascal Ryan, manager at the Famous Old Spa, said: “The Famous Old Spa is a community pub and we want everyone to enjoy their time here. We’re supporting the Diverse Abilities’ Sing to Raise initiative because we think it’s important that everyone’s lives should be fun and fulfilled, and the money we raise will help do that.”

Nicole Warrilow, community fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a really unique opportunity for people to get involved with their local community. By doing something enjoyable and entertaining, we hope that we can encourage people of all ages to get involved and raise money for children and adults with disabilities.”

If you’d like to know more about Sing to Raise and have an idea of how you could get involved, visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/sing or call Nicole directly on 01202 718266 to discuss your ideas.

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