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Singing for Breathing Project Launched
Independent Arts are thrilled to announce that the SingAbout: Singing for Breathing project was successfully launched on 2nd October 2014. Funded by My Life a Full Life, and delivered in partnership with the Respiratory Department at St Mary's Hospital, Breatheasy and Healing Arts, our Singing for Breathing project is based on a recognised form of therapy specifically developed for individuals with a respiratory condition. Extensive research has been carried out in this area, with flagship projects being delivered at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
SingAbout: Singing for Breathing aims to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of those who have been diagnosed with a respiratory condition. The 12-week rolling programme is available to individuals who suffer with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other respiratory problems, and spaces are available for new participants to join the group throughout 2015. In order to obtain a place in the programme, a referral from a GP or the respiratory department at St Mary's Hospital is required. A number of participants have gone on to join our weekly SingAbout groups, having enjoyed their Singing for Breathing sessions. 
Artistic Donation to Charity
We are delighted to accept two original pieces of artwork from local artist Donna Jones. The artist has pledged to support local charities throughout 2015, and her paintings, sculptures and fundraising events have become well-known on the local art scene. We are thrilled that Donna has chosen Independent Arts to be one of the charities she is supporting. 
SingAbout goes Out and About 
The SingAbout Freshwater group enjoyed two outings to perform in the community. Their performances at the Memorial Hall Christmas Fair and The Gouldings spread Christmas cheer during the festive season.
Our SingAbout: Singing for Breathing group also made an appearance in the community, performing a selection of songs at Sainsburys on Saturday 13th December. Their repertoire featured a number of traditional carols and upbeat seasonal hits. 

Creative Café 
Independent Arts are excited to announce the launch of Creative Café, a weekly social event that offers older people the opportunity to come together for creative activity in a relaxed and informal setting. The aim of the Creative Café is to improve health and wellbeing by facilitating access to highly creative activities including iPads, digital photography, music, visual art and craft. It provides a supportive and welcoming environment for older people, who can come together every week, make new friends and express themselves through creative activity. Participants at the Creative Café will be encouraged to take ownership of the project by shaping up and planning the timetable of activities, and supporting new members to become established within the group. Participants will also have the opportunity to become volunteers on the project, supporting other participants and ensuring sessions run smoothly. The project has been funded by Spectrum Housing Community Forum Grant, allowing participants to attend the sessions for free. Creative Café commences on Monday 16th February 10am-12pm at Newport Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport. 
Cool Connection
We are thrilled to welcome The Cool Connection duo to our Creative Practitioner rosterCool Connection perform jazz and blues music, fusing the sophisticated melodies of  popular standards with the contemporary, cool sounds of modern lyricists. They have been performing and entertaining audiences over the years, interpreting the songs and lyrics of great songwriters from around the world with flair and orginiality. Featuring Ken Lowe on Keyboards and Queenie B Cool on vocals and percussion, they pack a punch that belies their compact duo status.
Feeling Festive in Brighstone
Our beautifully decorated Christmas tree, designed by our Chief Executive, Kate made its annual appearance at the Brighstone Tree Festival in December. Adorned with musical notes, and glitter-dusted stars created from vintage sheet music, the tree proudly stood in the Brighstone Church for the public to view.
A New Project at Our Fingertips
InTouch is an exciting new project launched by Independent Arts. Following our investment in 12 iPads, the charity has sought the best methods of using iPads with older people. Realising that these creative sessions need to be researched and structured properly, and with funding to undertake this research from The Bulldog Trust, we are now delivering this work through the InTouch project.
As well as being easy to use, even for those with less dexterity, the iPads are also engaging through their visual and auditory features. In addition, the range of applications has grown in the past few years to allow this technology to be applied to creative uses with older people, particularly those with dementia. The project is co-ordinated by Lyndy Moles alongside our current practitioners. 
Creative Session Inspires College Students
Independent Arts were pleased to accept an invitation to deliver creative sessions to Health and Social Care students at the Isle of Wight College in December. Our project manager Caroline worked with three classes of students and encouraged them to engage in creative exercises to develop their own hypothetical arts workshops and projects. Independent Arts hopes to build the relationship between the charity and the Isle of Wight college in the future.
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