Rossendale Memory Choir's History

Rossendale Getting Together group (a singing group for people living with dementia) was established in 2013 as a collaboration between Rossendale Enterprise Anchor Limited (REAL) and Crossroads Care East Lancashire. (Crossroads).
Similar groups were formed in Burnley and Nelson

Initially the choir met at St Mary’s Chambers in Rawtenstall, and then moved to Haslingden Library and was renamed Rossendale Dementia Choir.

In 2014 building work at the library saw a move to Haslingden Baptist Church.
In order to continue attracting funding from East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group,participation was extended to people suffering memory problems due to Stroke and Parkinson's disease, and the name was therefore changed to Rossendale Memory Choir

Public funding was insufficient to keep the Rossendale Memory Choir going towards the end of the 2014/2015 financial year, and a private donor stepped in until further funding was secured. Again in January 2016 funding ran out , and a group of carers and helpers resolved to form The Friends of Rossendale Memory Choir, with the purpose of fundraising. Again, donations from individuals have kept the choir going until these fundraising activities bear fruit.

Graham explains some of the Memory Choir history before introducing the Readstone Choir