Newham specialist children’s and young people services start community choir to relieve stress
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:45 30 December 2019
Singing can help ease illness and anxiety – which is why Newham community paediatricians and other children’s specialists are starting a choir.
Newham Specialist Children and Young People's Services (SCYPS), which recently won funding for a Roald Dahl transition care community nurse, is expanding with two new consultant paediatricians joining early in the new year.
They're also introducing a SCYPS children's choir, which will have its first rehearsal soon.
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SCYPS came together over the festive period to share mince pies and draw a raffle, held to raise funds for the choir.
West Ham Lane Health Centre consultant community paediatrician Dr Joanne Beckmann said: "The key to getting the new year off to a positive start is to make sure that everyone gets a chance to find ways to relax and come together to unwind.
"Singing is a great way to do that - it brings us together and studies show that it wards off illness, depression and anxiety.
"We are keen to invite children, young people and parents and carers to join us."
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