D'VINE SINGERS WELCOMES YOU
WHO WE ARE
The D'Vine Singers are a friendly, informal group who meet to sing for fun and wellbeing. We take our name from the Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks, where we meet from 12.00-1.30 pm on Fridays in term time. The group began life as part of a funded research study into singing and mental wellbeing. You can read more about the research project here*. When the project came to an end, with the value of singing getting a very definite ‘thumbs up’, we were keen to carry on with the weekly sessions as an independent group.
What We Sing
We sing rounds and simple part songs, learnt by ear, covering all kinds of music so there is something for everyone to enjoy. You don’t have to read music and there is no audition. We continue to have a strong focus on mental health, as we believe in the power of singing to lift the spirits and provide companionship. You don’t need to be a budding Pavarotti or Adèle - just someone who enjoys singing in a supportive group. We welcome anyone, regardless of previous experience. If you’d like to know more please phone the choirleader, Jacky, on 07708 237415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org*
‘Singing for mental health and wellbeing’ Kent-wide research project 2014
* The D’Vine Singers began life in 2014 as part of a research study into ‘singing and mental wellbeing’ by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University. The research was funded by the NHS in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Wellbeing campaign. During the study, participants were asked to evaluate their mental wellbeing according to questions based on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, a recognised questionnaire that is used as a measure of mental health in the UK.
Once the research study came to a close, the singers were keen to continue with the weekly sessions and a committee of volunteers was set up to run The D’Vine Singers as an independent community group. Although the sessions are open to everyone, we feel it is important to maintain the original focus on mental health, so occasionally we ask members to think about whether the group singing has made a difference to their lives. To date the responses have all been very positive, particularly in terms of lifting mood and reducing social isolation.
One Step at a Time
At D'Vine Singers, we are dedicated to welcoming all comers who enjoy singing and are looking for a friendly group to join at the same time giving support to those, who may not be able to join such a group alone.