Musical Moments- Jazzled is an inclusive jazz, swing and blues community choir that supports everyone in the community, ensuring they stay part of the community and feel as though they are still able to contribute in a positive way. The choir brings everyone together in a friendly, stimulating way.
Jazzled is a community choir, that welcomes people living with memory problems and their carers. Henfield is a rural area of Sussex where cost of living is high and risk of deprivation is increasing. Also, rural areas increase risk of isolation and loneliness especially in older adults.
Some of the members of choir have dementia. Living with dementia can sometimes leave people feeling isolated and in fear of losing themselves, this fear can also be felt by their carers and loved ones.
Musical Moments offers meaningful and inclusive fun and stimulation for all; people living with dementia, their families, friends, carers and the local community. Leading the choir is a jazz singer and music therapist who used the power of song to touch the whole person: mind, body and soul.
Jazzled supports the understanding of dementia friendly communities, ensuring inclusivity for families affected by the condition and decrease isolation.
To improve mental wellbeing
Activities» Music can improve one’s self-esteem, happiness, and relieve stress and anxiety
Does Jazzled make people happy? reduce stress and anxiety? and help people cope? This will be evidenced through: case studies, choir director observations, questionnaire feedback
To reduce loneliness and social isolation
Activities» Jazzled is a community activity tat brings people together from all parts of the community and encourages people to make to make new friendships
» Jazzled provides opportunities for people effected by dementia to meet different people in similar situation as themselves and know they are not alone
» Through new friendships members can build and strengthen their support networks.
Music director observations: interaction with group members, Feedback & questionnaires that include questions about being part of valued part of the community and support network
To support and improve relationships
Activities» The group encourages people to nurture and strengthen existing relationships- improve communication and understanding
» By raising awareness about dementia, the group helps people in the community understands the challenges and needs of people living with dementia
Case studies and feedback
Mental health & wellbeing- reduce stress and anxiety, better able to cope with everyday stresses, happier, have fun, feeling valued, have a purpose
Reduce loneliness & isolation- Remain engaged & active, better relationships with loved ones, community education & awareness, feeling valued/sense of purpose
Increased support network- reduced burden, carers better able to cope with challenges of dementia, pro-active support, carers able to care for longer, reduce pressures on health & social care
If the choir director was to no longer continue: Other music therapists have been considered, estimated costs have been considered.
Funding cuts to activity
SROI, Trustee meetings, emails, letters, online, social media
Budget - Project Cost: £5,160Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,160 Choir Therapist £90 per session, 24 weeks a year £2,160 Pianist £90 per session, 24 weeks a year £840 Venue £35 per session, 24 weeks a year
Jazzled is located in Henfield, West Sussex. W.Sussex has a higher percentage of adults over the age of 65 than the England average. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. With a growing aging population these numbers are expected to rise. Around 1/4 of the population live in rural areas. With the cost of living in rural areas being significantly higher & services harder to access, there is evidence that deprivation is getting worse in Sussex.
Jazzled is a great community singing group which is warm and welcoming to all, including those with memory problems. Although we offer support to anyone with memory problems, which may have been caused by a number of causes such as: stroke, Parkinson’s or dementia, we mostly support people living with dementia and their loved ones. We utilise a number of methods to inform the community of what services we offer, for example: GP referrals, Alzheimer's Dementia Advisers, posters, online, etc.
Leading the choir is a jazz singer and music therapist, sharing her vast amount of knowledge and commitment. She believes that music can act as a “bridge between the inner and outer world” and “the power of song touches the whole person: mind, body and soul”. Know Dementia a local charity, is run by passionate trustees and volunteers comprising of: people with dementia, family carers and qualified professionals who live and work with people with a dementia.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Lou's career as a sound & song therapist and natural voice teacher has received much recognition for her work with music in therapeutic setting
Jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed world-wide. He has played with some of the leading musicians in jazz
Know Dementia Trustee, who will over see the running of the project to ensue high quality service is being delivered