Local CIC Welcomes £20k Cash Boost to Help People With Dementia Through Music

Music for Wellbeing CIC is celebrating this week after receiving £20,000 to continue its musical services for people living with dementia. The money will enable Music for Wellbeing’s Wiltshire-based work to return to face to face groups from September, and help to support people living with the condition as we emerge from the pandemic.

The grant was received from Music for Dementia’s £500,000 Paul & Nick Harvey Fund, which was set up specifically to directly support musical activities for people with dementia*. Music for Wellbeing is planning to run dementia-inclusive music groups in Tisbury and Salisbury areas with a focus on writing songs and music with participants, based on their experiences, memories and personal stories.

Music for Dementia is a national campaign calling for music to be made accessible for everyone living with dementia. Music has a valuable role to play in enhancing the quality of life for people living with the condition and their carers. Research and lived experiences show that it can help reduce the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety.

Music for Wellbeing has partnered with Salisbury-based Muse SW CIC, the Salisbury Area Memory and Support Group (formerly Laverstock Memory and Support Group) and Tisbury Memory Group to provide dementia-inclusive online music and movement sessions. The project is also training a new music and movement leader and offering volunteer opportunities to people in Tisbury and Salisbury.

Prior to the pandemic, Music for Wellbeing worked with the Tisbury Memory Group to provide regular face to face music and movement sessions, and also delivered circle dance projects, intergenerational projects and training in the south Wiltshire area.

Grace Meadows, Programme Director, Music for Dementia, said:

“We are so delighted to be able to support Music for Wellbeing CIC and others across the UK with a grant from the Paul & Nick Harvey Fund. Musical services have been severely impacted in the last year, meaning many people living with dementia and their carers have lost those important connections and special moments that only music can provide.

“By directing the fund money towards community-based, musical services for people living with dementia and those that provide them, we are able to bring the joy of music into people’s lives wherever they are on their dementia journey.”

Liv McLennan, Co-Director, Music for Wellbeing CIC said:

“We are absolutely over the moon to be a grant recipient of the Paul and Nick Harvey Fund. The project will enable us to capture people’s stories and experiences through music, creating a legacy for people living with dementia and their families. We are so excited to be at the forefront of community music practice with people with dementia, and this funding will also enable us to work collaboratively with other local organisations to develop volunteer and work experience opportunities for those interested in working in the community and voluntary sector.”

More information about Music for Wellbeing and their work with people with dementia in south Wiltshire can be found on their website here, and if you would like to talk with Liv about the project, she can be contacted on livmclennan@yahoo.com or 07446 902118.

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