A very special carol concert will be taking place in Luton on Saturday, December 9 and everyone has been invited to come along and raise their festive voices.

The [email protected] Dementia Café will be joining forces with Stopsley Singing Café and a youth choir, at St John’s the Apostle Church, in Sundon Park Road, from 2:30-4pm with refreshments. The event programme will have traditional Christmas carols interspersed with a variety of festive music and readings.

[email protected]’s Maria Collins, of home care company, Home Instead said, “We have organised this event as we want our carol concert to enable everyone to have a great time singing festive songs, and help us raise some money for our two community cafes in Luton supporting those who live with dementia.

“Our cafes are run totally by volunteers but we need the resources to buy things like art and craft equipment for our increasingly well-attended weekly meetings.”

When people attend they will also be able to see that people who live with dementia can still take an active part in society.

“There is a huge stigma around the word ‘dementia’, when friends and family have been known to become as isolated as the person affected by the disease, once the diagnosis is made” said Maria. “It is long past time for us to challenge that isolation and if we can do it by singing well-known Christmas carols, then all the better.”

There is increasing evidence to show that singing of well-known songs and listening to well loved music, including that traditionally played at Christmas time, can help people living with dementia to reconnect with old memories.

“This is something we do every week at [email protected] Café, carers and family members often comment that they can see the ones that they love rediscover a part of themselves,” said Maria.