new funding boost for singing for memory
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has provided three years of funding to support the development of our Singing for Memory project over the next three years.
Our Singing for Memory group runs on Monday afternoons at The Point, home of darts. We use the power of song, friendship, tea and conversation to connect people with dementia and their carers with others. The group provides a regular, safe space for people to have fun, sing familiar songs and create new ones. Professional musicians facilitate the sessions; their expert approach is different to other dementia services because of their person-centred and flexible approach and sessions are designed to gently challenge and keep the brain active.
The new funding will allow us to double the number of sessions we run each year – from bi-weekly to weekly. It will also provide an opportunity for us to focus on increasing the diversity of the group, collaborating with local Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic community groups to build relationships and trust and to encourage them to come along to The Point and join the group. We will be delivering taster sessions in a range of community groups across the Doncaster borough – if you are interested in getting involved, contact us on 01302 341662.
Masonic Charitable Foundation funding will also enable us to attract new musicians from more diverse backgrounds, increasing their skills to ensure specialist facilitation skills to work with people with dementia and their families. By increasing our delivery team, we can offer more diverse musical opportunities to participants. We will also increase our volunteer team – using the relationships built with a range of community groups to encourage new volunteers from more diverse backgrounds to join our team.
If you are interested in hearing more or getting involved, contact us on 01302 341662.