Posted on November 7, 2018

Manchester Camerata have partnered with social purpose organisation, ForViva, to create music with people living with dementia over a three-year project across Salford and St. Helen’s. Through our ‘Music in Mind’ project, Manchester Camerata musicians will make music alongside people living with dementia. This aims to encourage them to express themselves and communicate with others, ultimately improving their quality of life.

The Music in Mind project will take place across extra-care schemes in Salford, as well as a specialist dementia scheme in St Helens. There will be 15 sessions each year across these schemes. Up to 50 tenants living with dementia and their families will benefit from the sessions. 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 additionally be trained through the project. This will consequently allow them to develop skills to run their own music-making sessions.

Lucy Geddes, Head of Camerata in the Community at Manchester Camerata said:

“This partnership is extremely important. It enables more people living with dementia in Salford to create music together, discovering how it can improve their well-being. We’re really looking forward to working with care staff to implement the approach across ForViva schemes on a long-term basis.”

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 well-being 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.”

We have been delivering our Music in Mind project since 2012. University of Manchester conduct our research. This new partnership with ForViva will see the project deliver benefits over a longer period to tenants of extra-care schemes. These will take place in Salford as well as Carter House, a specialist dementia scheme in St Helens.