VOLUNTEERS are calling on people with memory loss, long term illness or who are feeling socially isolated, to join a Rhythm not Blues group to help improve wellbeing and meet new friends.

The weekly group in Chester-le-Street offers people and their carers an opportunity to socialise, enjoy music and dancing and develop friendships.

The group supports about 25 people every week with music therapy. Volunteers hope to reach even more people after receiving a Big Lottery Fund grant.

A spokesperson said: “This is a friendly and welcoming group, and more about being social and together than having any singing or music skills. The sessions are led by a trained music therapist, and everyone is welcome to drop in.”

Sessions take place on Mondays at Chester-le-Street Community Association on Newcastle Road. The cafe opens at 2pm with music and singing from 2.30pm- 3.30pm.