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At Lifecraft on Gwydir Street

. . . . . where the Lifecraft Singers meet from 12 noon to 1.30pm every Wednesday. The group is free and is open to everyone who has experienced mental distress. We sing songs from around the world (gospel, pop, traditional) in three-part harmony. Everything is taught by ear, so you don't have read music. We welcome everyone, whatever your experience of singing. It's great fun and really uplifting.

Listen to one of our songs here (MP3 track - 1.4mb).

Here are a couple of quotes from members:

"Singing is the centre of my week. I always prioritise going to the Lifecraft singing group. It is the time that fills me up, raises my spirits and leaves me feeling soothed and walking tall."

"The songs we do are really beautiful. I feel so uplifted after the sessions. I always look forward to my singing. Good companionship."

The Lifecraft Singers get asked to perform regularly and love doing that, but you don't have to perform if you don't want to. Recent gigs have been:

* fundraising coffee-morning for Cam-mind
* Lifecraft Arts Festival
* "Sing for Life", a Good Vibrations concert organised by Talking in Tune

Recently, The Lifecraft Singers produced a CD of music from around the world. Details of how to purchase a copy can be found here.

To find out more about the Lifecraft Singers, join the group or book
us for a gig, contact Bev Sedley on bev@naturalvoice.net

At the Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street
A small choir for people with a mental health problem, whatever their age, their informal and professional carers, and friends. It's run by Arts and Minds.

Art
One of the best sources of art and creativity in relation to mental health can be found at Inspire.

Until July 2008 they are running a free, mixed media visual arts project fsor people who have experienced mental distress. For more information, download their flyer here.

In addition, Arts and Minds, a Cambridgeshire based charity, run events inmany forms including creative writing and story-telling, painting, pottery, textiles, photography, music and dance. For a summary of what they do click here. They also run 'Arts on Prescription'.


We will also be adding sections very shortly on other aspects of creativity, and how recovery can be aided by taking part in:

  • Drawing and painting (either practically or merely appreciating)
  • Singing
  • Theatre
  • Quilt making
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Sculpture

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