What We Do
We take structured and interactive singing, activity and craft sessions into community day care centres and dedicated care homes supporting those living with dementia and offering respite opportunities for carers. From very small beginnings, as a not for profit organisation back in July 2014, we have expanded from one session per week to at least 25 sessions per month. We are now also a registered charity.
Our interactive singing, craft and movement sessions are unique in the fact that we approach every individual and make sure that everyone feels relaxed and at ease. We get to know our clients, have a real connection with them and make sure that we know the names of each and everyone one of them, there is no-one left out. For maximum therapeutic benefit our session programmes are uniquely designed and structured to involve all the senes and produce the greatest level of response from interaction. We regularly see some who have arrived silent and less communicative become animated, talkative and sociable. Others appearing sad or depressed immediately show signs of happiness and even those less mobile become more physically active. We know that stimulation is essential for the self esteem, well being and sense of purpose for those touched by dementia and singing and interaction is the perfect therapy.
Our mission is to support, bring joy, laughter, a sense of still belonging, a chance to reminisce, a sense of community and a moment of respite for carers. We will never tire of seeing our clients come alive, smiling, dancing, chatting, laughing, mouthing words and tapping their feet along to the music.
Our aims are to help those living with this very cruel condition to still feel that there is a life worth living, that they are are still important and that they have not been forgotten. We aim to reach out to as many people as we possibly can in our area to bring the wonder of music to them as we know it can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long forgotten memories!
For maximum therapeutic benefit for those living with dementia our session programmes are uniquely designed and structured to involve all the senses and produce the greatest level of response from interaction. We regularly see some who have arrived silent or less communicative become animated, talkative and sociable. Others appearing sad or depressed immediately show signs of happiness and even those less mobile become more physically active.
Dementia can be a very lonely world and can still attract stigma. Unfortunately, this leaves these communities among the most disadvantaged with limited social opportunities. By bringing carers, cared for, and community together, we bring a sense of integration and normality.
Stimulation is essential for the self esteem, well being and sense of purpose for those touched by dementia. Singing is the perfect therapy.
A recent article in The Guardian reports:
'Music uses different parts of the brain from language, so can be used to communicate with people with dementia, even if they no longer speak or seem to understand others' words. As a result, it can help them express feelings and ideas and interact with others. It also reduces social isolation and encourages more physical activity through dancing or moving to the music. Research published last year by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) and the Utley Foundation found that music has significant physical and mental health benefits for those with dementia and helps them retain their speech and language skills longer. "Analysis showed that music helps to significantly minimise some of the symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, and can help to tackle anxiety and depressions", says Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the ILC. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary quoted "Research suggests music can help people with dementia reduce the need for medication or restraints, address agitation and help people and their families cope better with symptoms”.’
(Ploy Radford, The Guardian, Wednesday 9th January 2019)
As dementia is considered a social problem it attracts limited central funding for diagnosis and after care opportunities. Our aim is to continue to address some of the gaps in the current provision of support for existing sufferers and their carers.
42% of the population are affected by the issue of dementia, directly through family, or indirectly through close friends and colleagues.
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
In the South East there are around 50,000 people living with dementia today, and it is predicted that this will rise to 66,834 people living with dementia by 2021.