What We Do

Music Therapy

Music therapy is delivered to care homes and day centres by our highly qualified, state registered therapists.

What does a course of music therapy mean for you and your residents?

Your therapist will be with you for 12 sessions. Same time, same day, every other week, for 6 months.

Depending on the needs of your residents they will deliver between 1 and 2 hours of group therapy and/or one-to-one work with residents who can no longer leave their rooms, or who would not manage a group session.

We provide all musical instruments used in the session.

We work with a group of up to 10 residents (although this often swells during the course).

You will receive a full report at the end of the course, as well as time at each session to discuss the needs of individual residents.

We also encourage relatives to visit during sessions as this can be a rewarding and joyful time that can be shared.

About music therapy

Perhaps now is the time to say that music therapy should not be thought of as an ‘activity’. Think of us in the same way you would a course of physiotherapy, rather than an entertainment.

We do not play music to the residents but enable them to participate, as much as they are able, in producing improvised music of their own.

The instruments we use are mostly percussive, and so are easily played by even the most frail within the group.

The therapist, where necessary, is supported by up to two of our own trained volunteers. They are there to help with participation and also to observe, as the therapist will evaluate each session and note the response of each member of the group.

Costs

We are finding that spreading the delivery over 6 months is much better for your tight budgets.

Currently we can offer 6 subsidised courses each year (more if we get the funding). A course costs us an average of £1300 to deliver; we ask you to pay some of this cost and we cover the rest through our own fundraising.

For a subsidised course we ask for a contribution of at least £50 per session (£600 per course). If this is beyond your budget but your residents are in need, contact us and we will do our best to help if we can.

If you are interested in having one of our therapists in your care home call our administrator on 07989 936270 or email her on admin@mindsong.org.uk

Singing Group Training for Care Staff

Who doesn’t love singing? Most of us do and we understand how a favourite song can unlock memories long forgotten.

You don’t need to be a great singer, or even a good one, you just need a little enthusiasm.

Although we do use singing as part of our music therapy, we prefer to train activity co-ordinators working in care homes, and our own teams of volunteers, to run their own singing groups.

We provide our own carefully curated song books and are always available to offer advice.

If you are a care home manager in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire or Herefordshire and would like to arrange a training course for your staff contact us on admin@mindsong.org.uk

What can you expect from music for people with dementia?

You felt when they were singing sometimes, you could sort of feel the years, sixty years of memory, working to grope for those words, and then they came, and it was lovely for them, and they were just suddenly a young girl again. It was really exciting.

I think the thing that came over was that they all have stories. You might not be able to get there in time to get them because they have been shut away in some place, but they are still what they have grown from, and through, and into. So that is a very valuable thing’.