Learn about the mental benefits of coming to our singing for fun group session.

Being a Mum is the most wonderful role but it is also extremely challenging.
You matter!

Self-care and looking after your own mental well-being regularly is a priority!

You constantly invest in looking after your child’s needs & development but you need to Invest in YOU too! Your battery needs recharging too and our sessions can help do this. Your babies and children will also enjoy the sessions but they won’t be the focus.

Self-care is a priority, not a luxury!

Mental Health

Regularly singing is scientifically proven to make you feel happier.

New Connections

Sessions are entirely for you to have fun, and make new friends.

More Confidence

Singing is a great way of expressing yourself and emotions.

Stress Relief

Singing is a fantastic way to relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

Self-Care

Singing ticks so many boxes for self-care.

Boost Positivity

Bring yourself back into the present and enjoy the now.

It’s really great as a new mum to be at a relaxed, non-judgemental group where it doesn’t matter if you sing out of tune, or out of time….which I do sometimes! It’s amazing what an hour of singing can do for you, it really does lift you, the babies enjoy it, and often sit, look and listen to us!

Susanna

Soul Singers is a place to go if you love to sing and want a small, kind group of women to support you day on day. It really is such an amazing community, inspiring, confidence building, and creating lasting friendships. I have helped on fundraisers for Devon Mind, attended groups with lovely people and had Zoom and Tuneful Tuesday to help through Lockdown which was lonely for us all. Give it a try. Mary is amazing, it’s just fun, and we all need that in our lives.

Poppy-Jayne

Each Tuesday morning we have been joining in with Soul Singers toddler sessions. It’s so lovely to see lots of happy faces and Mary-Jane is ever so welcoming. We love running around gathering props for our songs before hand as it is very organised with handy hints of what you may need. My daughter enjoys seeing her friend and doing the actions. Mary-Jane doesn’t mind giving it welly, she just wants lots of fun to b had for children and adults. Thank you Mary-Jane, we love coming.x

Jennifer

In-person mums singing sessions.

We hold two separate in-person singing sessions a week at different locations.

Monday @ 10 am at Barne Barton Community Allotment, Babies and children welcome.

Tuesday @ 1.45 pm at The Rees Wellbeing CentreBabies and children welcome.

Friday @ 10 am at Just Imagine, Christian Mill Business Park. Expectant and New Mums group (non-mobile children only at this stage).

What happens at a typical session?

A typical session will last approx. 40mins, and follows the below format.

1. A short physical warm-up

e.g arm stretches, shoulder rolls, clapping rhythms etc (nothing too strenuous!)

2. A short breathing exercise

e.g. Breathing in for the count of 4 and then exhaling and repeat.

3. A short vocal warm-up

e.g. a tongue twister, copying some notes going up a scale of music, making some silly sounds.

4. Singing!

There is no performance aspect we just sing together; and because eye contact is so important for connecting with people, we don’t use lyric sheets.

What happens at a typical online session?

Online sessions are held on Friday @ 2 pm via Zoom. Sing-Along from the comfort of your own home!

Songs are played through Zoom and mums
sing along at home.

You’re advised to warm-up beforehand which should include breathing and vocal exercises.

Each week is themed e.g. Rock, Folk, Disney, Love and Mums help select songs to sing.

Sing like no one can hear you, as nobody can!

You can see everyone else singing and some dancing too! It really is great fun and a good way of connecting with each other only if we can only see people. A smile can be worth a thousand words.

If you are initially anxious about attending in person this is a great way to start our sessions.

Frequently asked questions

Currently, we hold three sessions at different locations.

Monday @ 10 am at Barne Barton Community AllotmentBabies and children welcome.

Tuesday @ 1.45 pm at The Rees Wellbeing CentreBabies and children welcome.

Friday @ 10 am at Just Imagine, Christian Mill Business ParkExpectant and New Mums group (non-mobile babies at this stage although depending on the group a more mobile baby could attend – it’s always worth checking).

Online sessions are held on Friday @ 2 pm via Zoom. Sing-Along from the comfort of your own home!

If you’d like to join any of our sessions send us a message and we’ll help you get set up.

Mum sing-along sessions are held every Monday & Friday @ 10 am, Tuesday @ 1.45 pm, and online sessions every Friday @ 2 pm.

If you’d like to join any of our sessions send us a message and we’ll help you get set up.

Free! Our sessions are currently being funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, The Government and local community trusts.

Funding does not cover all of our operating costs or help us with sustainability for the future. If you would like to make a donation towards these it would be greatly received but there is no obligation.

If you’d like to join any of our sessions send us a message and we’ll help you get set up.

Our sessions run for approx. 40mins. 

If you’d like to join any of our sessions send us a message and we’ll help you get set up.

Yes, children are always welcome to attend our singing sessions.

Our Monday & Tuesday sessions welcome babies and children while our Friday session is for non-mobile children only.

If you’d like to join any of our sessions send us a message and we’ll help you get set up.

The little ones can listen, join in or play with instruments or toys.

All toys are sanitised with antibac and not used for 72 hours. Children have their own individual packs of toys and any blankets or sensory scarves are washed on a high temperature inline with our Covid 19 risk assessment.

At the Barne Barton Community Allotment, outside venue, they are free to explore the allotment with the support of their Mums.

What the Soul Singers community says

I’ve attended MJ’s soul singers class since my boy was 6 weeks old. He is now 10 months. The group is amazing and we love it. I would go every day if it was on that much. MJ makes you feel super relaxed and there is no pressure to be an amazing singer. The babies are happy and entertained and the singing really makes any worries or stress go away. I really enjoy it and wish it would last longer. Recommend it to anyone with babies who loves to sing. Great variety of music. I have enjoyed musicals week the most and also loved Queen week. Great fun also had around Christmas learning some Carol’s and classics. 5*****!

Natasha

soul singers has been amazing for me and my children. we started going to sessions back in the summer and MJ and the group helped me during an extremely bad period of depression and anxiety. I’ve made friends with people I never would have met before and these friendships have grown so that we check in on each other regularly and just generally help keep each other going. During lockdown, the weekly coffee and chat meets on a Monday have helped so much, just seeing other friendly faces, sharing ideas and knowing I’m not alone during this difficult time has really helped. When I’ve been able to join in with singing, it’s been amazing and I look forward to it so much! MJs positivity is infectious and she is so passionate about Soul Singers it shines through in all she does. She is an incredible person who I feel very privileged to have met and have in my life. I don’t think she has any idea how much she does to help so many people xxx

Ess

Although I’ve only made it to a few sessions MJ and the other ladies always make me feel really welcome. I thoroughly recommend this group to any mum who enjoys singing in any capacity, it’s just fun to gather with others who like to sing, with no pressure to get it pitch perfect. It’s really relaxed with the kids too, if I need to feed or change them, it’s no problem, they have toys to play with, my baby & toddler have both been able to amuse themselves/ enjoyed watching us sing. Singing is also really great for your mental health, especially communal singing, it connects you to others & makes you feel good. My two year old loves it too & sometimes joins in, she kept singing ‘fire’ for a full 2-3 weeks after the first session we went to (It was ‘Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys). Thanks MJ for running a fun & really beneficial group for mums. 😊

Sara

Give yourself some me time. You deserve it!

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what you think.

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