A six-week singing course to boost the health and wellbeing of respiratory patients from Rowden, Lodge and Hathaway surgeries in Chippenham, was launched in October 2019.
With the support of an experienced instructor, 27 patients attended one of three sessions. Two were aimed at respiratory patients and the other for carers - with some patients attending more than one session as they enjoyed them so much! The feedback after the first session was very positive and most of the patients completed the six-week course.
Many of the choir members sung carols at the Healthwatch Wiltshire volunteers' Christmas party, which was the first time they had all been together as one.
Despite the project coming to an end in December 2019, the choir has since been established as the Singing for Health Community Choir, now meeting regularly at Sheldon Road Methodist Church in Chippenham.