Singing for Breathing

Breathing difficulties? Stressed, depressed or anxious? Let us help!

Tina leads sessions on TUESDAYS at St Josephs Church Hall, Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RT from 2:30-4pm starting 19th September 2023.

Free parking at the back of the hall (entrance through gates next to the medical centre). £5 voluntary donation per session politely requested (including tea/coffee). No-one excluded if unable to pay however, if you value the sessions and are able to contribute donations are gratefully received and will help us keep them running. No need to book, just come along.

Refreshments are provided at the start of the session but please bring a bottle of water with you, to help you keep hydrated during the sessions and help avoid spillages. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Songs are tailored around breathing exercises using established Singing for Lung Health techniques. The sessions are also affiliated with Asthma + Lung UK.

Movement will be encouraged as part of warm-ups and throughout the session including the types of exercises taught in pulmonary rehabilitation courses to help increase general health benefits and physical activity.

The primary aims of the course are to help people:
– Manage breathlessness
– Breathe better
– Reduce stress/anxiety
– Increase physical and mental health and wellbeing
– Increase physical activity
– Build confidence
– Feel motivated and confident to go on to join other community/physical/social activities (which might include more singing and music-making!)

Although sessions are designed for participants with lung conditions and breathing difficulties, the course is also ideal for people with anxiety, stress or depression.

A recent survey from a 10-week course held between January and March 2023 found that (amongst participants who completed forms at weeks 1 and 10):

– 83% felt more confident managing their breathlessness as a result of attending
– 75% felt less reliant on GPs/health professionals
– 55% had increased regular physical activity (with many more reporting how they could sustain levels of physical activities for longer, such as for gardening/walking/completing everyday tasks)
– 58% felt more motivated to join other community-based groups or activities
– 50% reported reductions in feelings of isolation/loneliness

Quotes include:
“The peer support is so valuable, being around others with similar conditions/issues. Wonderful friendships formed etc”
“My spirits are always lifted!”
“I can now walk up the hill home without stopping!”
“I can now garden for 30-45 minutes without stopping – I could only do 10-15 minutes before!”
“My breathing is more controlled. I know how to do it properly!”
“My chest feels stronger after every time I come”
“I’ve found new ways of breathing during exercise/stress. It’s a joy to come!”

Any enquiries please email

These sessions have been brought to you with support from The Together Fund, Active Norfolk (Sport England) and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team at Kelling Hospital.

You might also be interested in the North Norfolk Breathe Easy Support Group which meets at Sheringham Community Centre monthly – more details here.