Posted: 07/11/2018

Musicians from one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras are set to create music with people living with dementia as part of a new project with social purpose organisation, ForViva.

Manchester Camerata will use the power of music to help people living with dementia express themselves and communicate with others.

The Music in Mind project will see up to 50 tenants living with dementia and their families benefit from 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.

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.

The project will be delivered at schemes managed by its members City West Housing Trust and Villages Housing Association.

Henry Terefenko, Group Director of Communities at ForViva said: “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.”

He added: “We are proud to be a dementia friendly organisation and train all our staff to be Dementia Friends. We already offer a wide range of activities to tenants living with dementia and their families which this project will really add to.”

Lucy Geddes, Head of Camerata in the Community at Manchester Camerata said: “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. We’re really looking forward to working with care staff to implement the approach across ForViva schemes on a long-term basis.

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 will see the project deliver benefits over a longer period to tenants of extra-care schemes in Salford and Carter House, a specialist dementia scheme in St Helens.

Taster sessions are also being held at the Group’s Amblecote Gardens and Astley Court schemes in November.

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