Music in Mind

Manchester Camerata

Music in Mind is a creative music therapy initiative run by Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras. The aims of the project are to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, improve communication and relationships and improve care practice through music-making.

Sensory Palaces

Sensory Palaces 12 May 2015 photography Tim Mitchell
Sensory Palaces 12 May 2015 photography Tim Mitchell

Sensory Palaces is a health and wellbeing programme, managed by the Learning & Engagement (L&E) team at Historic Royal Palaces, for people living with early stage dementia and their carers. The programme, currently based at Hampton Court Palace, engages audiences in the palaces through a unique combination of senses, spaces and stories.

Hearts & Minds

Image: Hearts & Minds
Image: Hearts & Minds

Established in 1997, Hearts & Minds is a Scottish charity that helps vulnerable people overcome feelings of powerlessness, anxiety and isolation through the art of therapeutic clowning. In 1999 we launched our Clowndoctors Programme that supports children and young people to cope with life in a hospital or respite care setting and in schools for learners with complex additional support needs. In 2001, we went on to develop the Elderflowers programme, which helps people living with dementia or dementia related conditions in hospitals and long-term care.

Creative Communications

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A qualitative evaluation of psychosocial outcomes of the Creative Communications pilot project for people with dementia

National Dance Company Wales: Dance for Parkinson’s Project in collaboration with English National Ballet

National Dance Company Wales

Dance for Parkinson’s, a project piloted by NDCWales in 2014 and continued since, forms the backbone of the Company’s commitment to participation in dance to support health and well-being for those most in need.

Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)

Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)
Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)

The Reader works collaboratively with CRILS  - The Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society at Liverpool University. Both organisations exist to bring reading into closer relation with health and wellbeing and this practice example is to be read alongside the CRILS submission to the APPG.

Aims and Objectives:

1. To model a volunteer-based project capable of bringing about transformative change for volunteers who were unemployed and/or experiencing mental health problems.

Case study-Mementos from Boots the Chemist

Case study-Mementos from Boots the Chemist

Themed multisensory boxes were prepared using items from Boots the Chemist’s extensive archive. These aimed to stimulate meaningful conversation between people with dementia and their carers. The boxes included items including fragrances, photos, pill boxes, medicine jars, and ointments.

Context/location/setting: The boxes were used in a residential care home specialising in dementia care (in Nottingham). The activity took place over 6 consecutive 2 hour weekly sessions (in 2014).

Music for Life

Music for Life, Wigmore Hall

Aims –

  • To improve quality of life for people living with dementia through:
  • Participatory music projects
  • Experiential staff training
  • Workforce development with musicians

Peer Support Cultural Partnership

 a group looking at museum artefacts at the Discovery Centre
A participant and assistant community curator working on a puppet

Since 2010 four institutions in Leeds have been working together to develop a creative participatory programme for people living with dementia: Leeds Museums and Galleries, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council’s Peer Support Service for people in the early stages of dementia.

Dementia Friendly Museums in Wakefield

Wakefield Council logo

In April 2013, local government restructures gave local authorities responsibility for public health. Wakefield Council’s Health improvement Team now shares a directorate with museums.

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