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The choir targets elders, but membership is open to all, with 25 regular members, drawing in people from a broad ethnicity and musicianship, making musical and social connections between participants. 70% of our members are over 70. There are two activities; choir rehearsals and performances. New songs are learnt (Irish, Scottish, Caribbean), memory is tested, additional skills acquired (team work, harmonies) and health and well-being improved. Research has shown that these activities are effective in countering the effects of dementia. The choir is now very experienced at entertaining those with dementia, while encouraging participation and we hope to build on the success of this year further. The choir meets 40 times a year between September 2017 and July 2018. One aim is to carry out around 15 performance, half in public places (stations, parks) and half in old peoples’ and dementia centres, where songs are selected to fit audiences, who are encouraged to join in; usually audience members either sing or dance. We also sing regularly at Ashford Place’s dementia project and lunch club for elders. Ashford Place provide a venue and some support through arts projects in the centre, funded through trusts. We need to fund our choir mistress, who also acts as the accompanist and event organiser. So we need to raise £2000 for 12 months operation.