I'm not just a Bodhi Mama, I'm a Singing Mama too!
BRAND NEW for Spring/Summer 2021... Singing Mamas Choir 'Support Spaces'
Singing Mamas Choir CIC is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in singing to improve Womens’ mental health and general well-being.
What is a Singing Mamas Support Space?
It's a space for YOU - Mothers, Non-Mothers, Pregnant Women, Grandmas, Aunties, Elders, Young’uns - ALL Women* who want to feel uplifted, and connected through singing together, and enjoying tea and cake together! *When we use the term woman/women, we mean anyone who identifies as or has experience living as a female.
It is a safe, nurturing and welcoming space - We begin with a gentle check in and relaxation exercise, we have a sing and then I make you a cuppa and a sweet treat so you can focus on having a natter with your new community of lovely women. It breaks down as roughly 60 mins of check in, relaxation and singing, and 30 mins tea and chat.
Our Support Spaces are covid-secure, closed groups with strict policy guidance and measures in place in order to be compliant with current regulations and evidence based, safer singing practices. Support Spaces are referred to as Support Groups by the government (we prefer our name though...lol!)
What will we sing?
We will sing simple and beautiful songs, creating harmony with our voices - Some of the songs will contain positive mantras that as we sing them over and over become part of us, and help us to release any negativity we might be holding onto. Singing will also help to improve our posture and lung health.
We sing in our natural voice, without backing tracks and in a circle; I don't teach you how to sing, I teach you lovely songs that we can sing together. Click here to be taken to the Singing Mamas Choir YouTube channel for lots of lovely examples of songs we might sing.
What does it look, and sound like?
Here is taste of what to expect from a Singing Mamas Choir group - The people in the video are a well established group based in East Sussex. Our group will go at it's own pace, build or confidence session by session, and collect the songs that we enjoy along the way.
Our lives have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and unsurprisingly, a lot of us will have experienced feelings of isolation, loneliness, stress and fear, and although we’re hopefully turning a corner to ‘getting back to normal’, some of our experiences will have left a mark and continue to affect our lives.
Singing Mamas Choir know that this type of targeted support works wonders for improving health and well being, particularly women in the postnatal period, and or with low mood and depression.
Where and When?
Monday mornings at SICA, Stocksfield (10.00am - 11.30am) - This is a fully funded group for residents of the Stocksfield Parish Council area and priority will be given to pregnant women, carers, new mothers and mothers with children under 5. Please email if you are not in the priority group, and/or you live in a surrounding area outside the Parish (e.g. Prudhoe, Riding Mill, Ovingham etc) - There may well be places remaining and you would be most welcome. From Monday 21st June for 5 weeks*
Thursday mornings at Hexham Abbey, in The Great Hall (10.00am - 11.30am) - Fees are payable for this Support Space and open to ALL women, and children under 5. Taster Tickets are available for these sessions as well as full blocks. From Thursday 17th June for 5 weeks*
*Please note there are only 15 adult places per Support Space.
Cost per session is £8 per adult, and children under 5 are free. This is for a 90 minute session, and includes a hot drink or soft drink, and cake, as well as squash and snacks for the kiddies.
I ask that you pay in termly blocks as I cannot afford to operate on a drop-in basis. Thank you for understanding that I have to pay my overheads even if people don't make it. Having a regular attendance at classes means I can keep offering this really important work to you, and the women who need it.
However, I do appreciate that I am a new to the scene and you may wish to see what I'm about before committing to a full block, and it's the summer so I appreciate some people may be on holiday. For these reasons, I have decided to offer TASTER TICKETS for the June/July block. Find out more by clicking on Book Online.