‘Side by Side’
Singing for Wellbeing was delighted to receive funding from The Clare Milne Trust and The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to set up a project called ‘Side By Side’. This project trained volunteers to deliver dementia friendly singing sessions in a day care centre in Penzance.
Working in partnership with Pengarth Day Care Centre, the ‘Side by Side’ project trained volunteers to lead singing sessions suitable for older people and people with dementia. The training sessions took place during the spring of 2014 and included vocal care, dementia awareness, safe guarding vulnerable adults and how to provide an accessible and life enhancing experience for elderly adults and people with dementia. There are currently 3 volunteers running monthly singing sessions. Our volunteers say:
"I am delighted to have been involved with this project and made new friends… I look forward to sharing my new found expertise and informing the public of the value of 'Singing for Well being' ".
"I didn’t have any experience of working with older people in this type of setting before starting the project. I feel now that I have far more confidence about running sessions with them and also realising that they are very special people with lots of stories to tell."
Volunteers are running the 'Side by Side' music sessions at Pengarth Day Centre, Penzance. Please contact Pengarth for further details 01736 364307.
Funded by Awards for All, this participatory arts service is aimed at younger people experiencing memory loss, people newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. The project aims to reduce isolation by establishing a collaborative community, based on a model of compassionate care and hope.
We provide weekly drop in singing, movement and music making sessions to support the wellbeing of the people attending, who come both on their own and with supporters and friends. 'Creating Connections' promotes the key public health messages from the National Dementia Strategy that:
"Dementia is not an immediate death sentence; there is life to be lived with dementia and it can be of good quality"
"People with dementia make, and can continue to make, a positive contribution to their communities."
The weekly sessions have now been completed.
For more information about ‘Creating Connections’ email firstname.lastname@example.org