Music 4 Memory

Tibbs Dementia Services were awarded a grant of £62,492 in December 2013 to help them continue to run their Music for Memory group for two years. Music for the Memory has offered   people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to sing, dance and laugh together in a supported, stimulating and welcoming environment for a number of years. They now run three groups led by a qualified music therapist.  The therapist, Jeni, achieved her music therapy masters qualification with the support of our Grants to Individuals programme.

The 2013 award allowed Music for the Memory to pilot a new service, offering 1:1 Music Therapy in the home for people who are struggling to accept their dementia diagnosis and for those in the very final stages of the disease. Both groups face barriers to taking part in group activities.  Early indications are that this service can encourage participants to access other dementia services in the area.

Both group sessions and the home visiting service play an important role in reducing isolation and improving wellbeing for both people with dementia and their carers.  As one family reported “ we learned a lot from it. Previously we found it a struggle to communicate with our mum. Watching Jeni gave us an insight into how to talk to mum by talking through your thoughts and flowing from one subject into another. Jeni showed us how to connect with Mum again”

Music for Memory has forged strong links with other groups in Bedford, particularly Fusion Youth Choir and the Philharmonia orchestra.