MUSICIANS from one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras will be providing therapy for people with dementia in Salford and St Helens – by creating music.
Manchester Camerata is taking part in housing group ForViva’s Music in Mind project, which aims to use the power of music to help people with dementia express themselves and communicate with others.
The project will see up to 50 tenants living with dementia and their families take part in 15 sessions each year across extra care schemes in Salford and a specialist dementia scheme in St Helens. People living with dementia in the community will also take part in a bespoke songwriting project with Manchester Camerata musicians in Eccles.
Furthermore, up to 20 care staff will also be trained through the project so that they can develop skills to run their own music-making sessions.
“This partnership is extremely important as it enables more people living with dementia in Salford to create music together and discover how it can improve their wellbeing,” said Lucy Geddes, head of Camerata in the Community at Manchester Camerata.
Henry Terefenko, group director of communities at ForViva, added: “Research shows music can enable people with dementia to connect and communicate in a truly unique way. That’s why we are delighted to be investing in leading orchestra Manchester Camerata to help improve the wellbeing of extra care tenants living with dementia, through the power of music.”
ForViva has committed to investing in the project over the next three years. It will be delivered at schemes managed by its members City West Housing Trust and Villages Housing Association.
The Music in Mind project has been delivered since 2012 by Manchester Camerata, with research being conducted by the University of Manchester.
This new partnership with ForViva is expected to deliver benefits over a longer period to tenants of extra-care schemes in Salford and Carter House, a specialist dementia scheme in St Helens.