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Blog: my Singing For Memory story

Read on to hear what coming along to Singing For Memory means to one family.

My dad has dementia and it can be difficult to be his son, as well as his carer.

We come to The Point because it is friendly and welcoming – it feels like a safe space and I don’t have to constantly be on my toes. Dad can be quite difficult at home, but when he comes to Singing for Memory he is happy and smiling! This is obviously bittersweet, but it is really good to see him so happy.

The sessions are a really good way of us getting involved in some social activity together. I like the singing best, because everyone is smiling and enjoying themselves together. I like it especially when there’s music accompanying us – you get into it more!

As well as the singing itself, it’s an opportunity for me to chat to other people – particularly those who are in a similar situation to myself. It can be really difficult to see a parent change so much, but knowing that other people are sharing a similar experience makes me feel less alone and more connected to others.

It would be terrible if Singing for Memory didn’t continue – it would leave a real hole in our lives.

Poet Ian McMillan clapping his hands at a darts Singing for Memory session.

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