Music therapy for local communitiesFebruary 24, 2016 11:44 am
‘Stimulating and engaging activities, such as singing, seem to be very promising for maintaining memory functioning in the early stages of dementia.’
– Dr Särkämö from University of Helsinki,
in research published by Journal of Alzheimer’s
The Silver Singers choir is run by Chiltern Music Therapy across Buckinghamshire and it’s not only those living with dementia that benefit from this group. The choir also reaches out to older adults who are socially isolated in the community and aims to connect these people together through music. Run on a weekly basis, no previous musical experience is needed to become part of this exciting group.
Heart of Bucks are delighted to be able to support Chiltern Music Therapy and have been involved with the organisation from the start. In 2011 we awarded a grant of £3,000 which enabled them to purchase the music and equipment which is fundamental to their service.
Following on from this, in 2015 a Prevention Matters grant has supported them in expanding their service across Buckinghamshire. Due to a large number of local people expressing an interest in music therapy, a need was identified. Today, Chiltern Music Therapy are able to run regular music sessions, such as the Silver Singers choir, helping to improve community life in Bucks.
To find out more about the services Chiltern Music Therapy can offer in your area, please visit their website – www.chilternmusictherapy.co.uk or call 01442 780541.Tags: community projects, music therapy