Wellness with WNO

A singing and breathing programme to support people with Long COVID in Wales.

Presented by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Welsh National Opera.

Over a 6-week online programme, Wellness with WNO is designed to support people experiencing feelings of breathlessness, stress or anxiety that can continue longer term after the initial symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

In a relaxed, informal setting, participants will explore techniques WNO use in singing and performing, that could support improved breath control, lung function, circulation and posture. In a sociable and joyful environment, we hope to bring people together who are facing similar challenges and support their journey to recovery.

Wellness with WNO starts in November with a 12-week pilot programme, developed with NHS medical professionals. As part of the pilot, we are currently only accepting direct patient referrals from the Long COVID Rehabilitation Services. We hope to open this out to more participants across Wales in the near future, so keep an eye out in Spring 2022 for more information, or contact April Heade (Producer) on wellness@wno.org.uk

Wellness with WNO is supported by Arts Council Wales and has been devised in consultation with English National Opera and based on their original ENO Breathe project.