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Garden gigs bring joy to adults with dementia in Doncaster

People living with dementia are enjoying socially distanced ‘garden gigs’.

A woman smiling with a dog at a darts dementia-friendly activity.

These lively and interactive music sessions are designed to support adults with dementia who have been feeling isolated during lockdown.

Participants enjoy singing songs, making music and creating connections in the comfort of their gardens with professional musician Janet Wood.

One participant, who thoroughly enjoyed the Garden Gigs, said “It’s been great singing songs with Janet and my friends. We’ve had a really fun afternoon.”

Musician Janet Wood said, “Singing and music can make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing. These Garden Gigs are a safe and fun way for adults with dementia and their families to experience the joy of making music together at a safe social distance.”

darts normally lead weekly Singing for Memory music sessions for adults with dementia and their family carers at The Point on South Parade. Staff have been keeping in touch with group members throughout lockdown and know how lonely and isolated some of them are feeling.

Although darts artists have created lots of online activities as part of the ‘darts at Home’ offer, many group members do not have access to the internet or do not feel confident in downloading resources. The garden gigs are the perfect way to stay connected with people while darts’ building, The Point, is closed to the public.

We continue to provide dementia-friendly activities on our website. Visit to download videos, songs and activities.

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