The Singing Group – Fairmilehead, Inverleith and Craigentinny

For People with Dementia and their Carers – Come and join us!

Who are we?

We are a group of individuals who were so inspired by the Inverleith Singing Group (who in turn were inspired by the ‘Singing for the Brain’ programmes run by the Alzheimer Society in England) that we decided, in July 2012, to set up a programme ourselves. We are an independent group that provides opportunities for people with Dementia and their carer(s) to come together to socialise and to sing, with the emphasis on enjoyment and fun. We are not a choir, and do not aim for performances.

What happens?

We meet for coffee and a chat first, giving people a chance to socialise and also to find help, advice or support from volunteers or other members of the group. After that, we sing together enjoyably and in a relaxed atmosphere for around 45 minutes. There is a singing leader and an accompanist. The repertoire is varied and is built upon requests from members. Songs include favourites from yesteryear, songs from musicals and films, and some rounds. Often there is a simple music quiz, and each session includes a selection of Scottish songs as these are very popular. We sit in a circle to allow everyone to feel equal and not identified by their illness. This helps to promote feelings of belonging.


Fairmilehead -The Singer Group at Faremilehead for People with Dementia and their Carer(s) which meets at Fairmilehead Parish Church Hall, 1a Frogston Road West, Edinburgh, EH10 7AA on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 2pm – 4pm. Contacts are – Anne Sommerville on 0131 447 5132 and Moira Pate on 0131 667 8336

Inverleith – The Singer Group at Inverleith  for People with Dementia and their Carer(s) which meets at Inverleith St Serrf’s Church Hall, Clark Rd Edinburgh EH5 3NP on the  1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 – 4pm.  Contacts are – Sheila Hardie on 0131 551 1229 and Kate Walker on 0131 554 4940

Craigentinny – The Singing Group at Craigentinny for People with Dementia and their Carer(s) which meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, 77-79 Craigentinny Rd Edinburgh EH6 6QL on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month at 2 – 4pm.  Contacts are Katie Crumlish on 0131 554 0213 and Beatrice Bath on 0131 467 1969.

Who is this group for?

This group is for people with Dementia who enjoy singing and who are still able to live at home in the community. The group also provides support for their carer(s).


For more details please contact:

Judith Frew 0131 339 7664

Moira Pate 0131 667 8336

Alison Simpson 0131 336 4475

Anne Sommerville 0131 447 5132