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Shetland Arts’ Wellbeing choir is back for Spring 2019 and new classes in both creative writing and craft have been introduced to the programme.

It is widely acknowledged, that singing and engaging with the arts, can provide a range of health benefits. As an aerobic activity, singing increases oxygen levels in the blood and exercises the upper body. It also has psychological effects, decreasing stress and inducing a feeling of wellbeing. Singing, writing or crafting as a group also brings people together, increasing confidence and creating new social networks. Engaging in practical creative activity can contribute to increased individual wellbeing. Creating can distract the brain and increase serotonin, inducing feelings of relaxation and mindfulness.

Shetland Arts will be circulating information about the Wellbeing classes to relevant organisations around Shetland and GPs are encouraged to refer patients suffering from chronic illness, mental health issues and other health problems to the group if appropriate. We welcome carers and family members too.

The classes are led by experienced local practitioners, open to everyone and no previous experience is required. The primary aim of the Wellbeing groups is to create a friendly, relaxed and open space for people to meet, chat and create, finished off with a cup of tea. The group is open to adults over 16, sessions are flexible in that it is not necessary to book every class in the programme, just attend when you can. There is a limited capacity for the craft and writing groups, therefore to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book in advance if possible. There will be a £2 fee to cover refreshments.

Join Genevieve White for Wellbeing Writing on Mondays 7th Jan until 25th March

Join Suzanne Briggs for the Wellbeing Choir on Tuesdays 8th Jan until 26th March

Join Jane Cockayne for Wellbeing Craft on Thursdays 10th Jan until 28th March

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