welcome to mindsong
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 email@example.com
We are a registered charity: 1149189
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 Chief Executive 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
A Choir in Every Care Home
We are delighted to be part of a national initiative looking at the benefits of singing - something we know all about of course. We're pleased to be able to share our experience over the last two years, plaing over 100 sensitive singing volunteers in care homes throughout the county. We think of this as Meaningful Music, and it's a vital part of the service we provide. Find out more here
With Red Nose Day coming up we've been following an innovative series of diaries made by people with dementia. Find out more HERE
Just had a call from a funder offering us 5 times what we asked for! Incredible boost for us. Watch this space for more news when all confirmed.