welcome to mindsong


June & Doreen playing music together


We are a Gloucestershire based charity providing a range of music therapy and training in care homes throughout Gloucestershire since 2007.


We work mainly with people who have mid to late-stage dementia.


Watch our video, funded by the Arts Council, to see us in action 


mindsong began as a pilot project for Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester, as part of their outreach work.  'From small acorns', as the saying goes, and we have grown slowly and steadily into the organisation we are today.


Our website is here to give you information on the work we do, who we all are and to tell you a little more about dementia itself.


If what you want to know is not here feel free to contact us by email and we will do our best to provide the answers.



would you like to get involved? 


We are currently looking for new volunteers. Could that be you?


If you are confident, patient and keen on music you might enjoy being part of one of our Singing Group Teams.  


We build teams of three or four. Each team works in a care home and runs their own singing group, working both with the residents and the care home staff.


You will be trained and supported by our skilled music therapists, alongside our volunteer coordinator, Jane.


Volunteering for mindsong is a great way of benenfiting people with dementia and of making new friends. If you are building your CV, this would be a significant part of your CPD.


If you are interested in finding out more contact Jane Rothery on mindsong.jane@gmail.com


We are a registered charity: 1149189


The Bargee's Wife 


Singer Barbara Dickson


Barbara Dickson star of Bargee's Wife.


It was wonderful. 641 people came to Gloucester Cathedral to see us perform this brand new work on 4th August. 


To read a review  CLICK HERE


Three Choirs Festival 2014

We have just finished evaluating the innovative work we did in 3 Worcestershire care homes for 3CF Worcester in 2014.  


We placed 4 professional musicians from the Orchestra of the Swan, trained by us, and general manager of 3CF, Dominic Jewel and his wife (both talented professional musicians) in 3 care homes for 4 weeks. It was an amazing experience for all concerned.


We also trialled a new observational ratings scale, which we hope to publish soon. 


Read about Dominic's experiences  here

Latest News


Interesting article - 5 reasons you should sing.


15th Oct 2014

We have been awarded an Arts & Health Commendation for Practice by the Royal Society for Public Health. 


'I am delighted to let you know that Mindsong will receive a 2014 Arts and Health Commendation for Practice. This is in recognition of the excellent and innovative contribution Mindsong has made to promoting the health enhancing role of music in the lives of older people affected by dementia.


'May I be the first to congratulate you on this recognition from the RSPH!'

Stephen Clift


Our director, Dr Holland, was in London yesterday to receive the award, one of only 7 commendations nationwide. We are delighted and very honoured. 


BBC Dementia week


Today we had a lovely piece on BBC Radio Gloucester with presenter Anna King. 

Listen HERE