News and dates
We are very pleased to be heading back to The Space this year on Saturday 16th December from 2-4pm to perform some of our favourite songs. As it's Christmas of course we'll sing some of your festive favourites as well and we'd love audience participation! As ever, we are really grateful to Adam and his team at The Space for making this happen for us.
We were thrilled to be able to perform again this summer in the lovely Roof Garden at Canary Wharf on Saturday 19th August. We prepared a packed and varied programme of favourite songs and music.
A lot of fun!
We were all hit badly by Harry's death in March.
But on we go, with weekly sessions well attended. A bit of sun has cheered us up in recent days. We need new pictures of what we get up to. Anyone got any??
We are delighted to hear that Sarah Wilson, our project leader at Band for Life, has been nominated and accepted for a Tower Hamlets Civic Award. The awards are given annually as a ‘thank you’ to people who are working to make things better in the community and improving the quality of people’s lives. "Band for Life is based on the therapeutic effects of music and on the belief that music brings people together; regardless of age, health, background, social situation, gender and ethnicity."
The award ceremony was on 24 February at St George’s Town Hall in Cable Street.
We are meeting again, with care. No drop-ins yet, but it is lovely to be back together
December 2021 and Christmas is coming!
We have booked Friday 17th December, 2 - 3.30pm for a joint celebration with the Zacchaeus Project at Bow Rd Church. Mince Pies and a seasonal sing-along. Friends welcome - but let Sarah know, as we don't want to overcrowd the space. See you there!
PS Zacchaeus sends an invitation to join them on Tuesday 21st 11.00-2pm for their Christmas get-together. (Same place!) OH, BUT WE COULD NOT SHARE THESE CELEBRATIONS IN THE END. OMECRON MADE SHARING IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN THIS CHRISTMAS!
November 2021 and we are delighted to be meeting and singing together regularly again, at Bow Methodist Church. Special measures are still in place to keep us safe, but we can welcome new members - though we have over a dozen back with us now. Hooray!
Band for Life sessions have resumed…
We started meeting up again (very cautiously) in May. We look forward to dusting off our vocal cords after a very long time of not using them! We still have to be careful with numbers, so for now the group won’t be a drop in session. Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested in joining please contact Sarah to see what is currently available.
Contact Sarah Wilson (Project Leader) on 07805 884185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Band for Life members are coping as best they can, but it’s a challenge for everyone to deal with forced isolation. People are really valuing the support calls Sarah is making, keeping everyone in the loop about each other and making sure people know there is help available. With people spending a lot of time alone, it can be difficult not to watch the news too much or get drawn into the various theories and debates about how this situation has arisen; so one thing we are trying to do is to encourage people to limit the amount of news we watch and to do one nice thing for ourselves each day, as a way of trying to look after our mental health too, whilst we wash our hands and do all the things we need to protect our physical health.