Singing for Wellbeing Sociable singing sessions for older people

Caroline Schanche (Community Dance Artist),
Rachel Bennetts
(Music Therapist)
Val Stagg
(Holistic Voice Coach and Complementary Therapist)
Music, dancing, singing and reminiscence


About Singing for Wellbeing.

Val Stagg is a singing facilitator, performer, holistic voice coach and complementary therapist. Since 1988 she has facilitated creative sessions with a wide range of groups, including elders with dementia and complex care needs, people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Val leads participatory singing and staff training in care homes, day centres and memory cafes throughout Cornwall, both independently and for Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Trained in jazz singing, she brings a broad repertoire of songs from bygone days to her work. Val is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network and a Singing for the Brain leader with The Alzheimer's Society. She is passionate about singing and sharing this joy with other people.

Caroline Schanche trained in theatre and dance at Dartington College of Arts and subsequently as a Dance Movement Therapist at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. For the past twenty five years she has been employed in a variety of community and educational settings and worked across the age spectrum from toddlers to elderly infirm adults.

She runs dance and movement sessions with older people in care homes and day centres with groups that include stroke patients, people with dementia, limited mobility and visual impairment.

Her work aims to enable participants to find enjoyment and support well-being through dance, movement and creativity.

Rachel Bennetts is a registered Music Therapist, following on from a degree in Music and English Literature, and a career in Social Work. She is experienced in working with older people with dementia and complex care needs as a group facilitator and pianist and more recently as a Music Therapist.

Rachel has worked creatively and therapeutically with people with mental health issues and learning disabilities for more than 25 years through singing, performance and improvisation. She is a Singing for the Brain leader with The Alzheimer's Society. Her work uses music as a bridge to communicate with people who may be hard to reach in other ways.

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Telephone Val Stagg on 01736 361146
Alfred Wallis Primitive Artist St. Ives, Cornwall
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