Project information

Tapestry - our stories, our lives, our music

To run four creative arts projects to explore the lives of people with dementia by using song, music and reminiscent therapy writing techniques. The project will culminate in performances of poetry and song alongside professional opera singers.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: The Forget-me-not Chorus Cardiff

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  • Need

    Need

    To provide relief to the terrible loneliness and isolation felt by people living with dementia and their families. To give people with dementia a voice within the community. To raise the confidence of people with the diagnosis. To provide quality life experiences to those living with or alongside dementia.

    Solution

    The charity is testament to the potential of song, music and shared creativity to enrich and enhance people’s lives. The choirs provide a safe, supportive, normalising and nourishing place to make friends and join together in a joyful, positive experience. It’s a place where people are absolutely accepted and can discuss approaches to difficult challenges. And it is a place, crucially, to give a powerful creative voice to the experience of living with dementia – so that others might understand.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower people with dementia and their families to use their voice in song to express themselves

    Activities

    » Choir sessions - weekly 2 hour sessions in four choirs throughout South Wales led by the charity music director, Kate Woolveridge

    Through evaluation and feedback of weekly singing sessions. Through choir number attendance. At the time of writing this application 130 people benefit directly from the choirs.


    Aim 2

    To take the participants on a journey together using reminiscent therapy tools

    Activities

    » Guided by a writer members will be encouraged to find the words to describe their memories, thoughts and feelings.
    » Writing poetry - alongside professional writers

    Through the poetry and written word created by the participants that will be shared at public performances.


    Aim 3

    To use the power of music to provide an escape from the everyday caring routine

    Activities

    » Group singing sessions to provide a sense of normality and comradeship
    » Performances by leading professional musicians to give a quality life experience

    By monitoring sessions to see how they improve participants self confidence, self esteem, movemen and reduce loneliness for those living with dementia and their carers.


    Aim 4

    To provide opportunities to perform alongside professional singers

    Activities

    » Performances in leading arts venues alongside professional musicians

    Through audience attendance and feedback.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The Chorus will perform concerts for friends, families and the general public. This helps with dispelling myths about dementia and developing people’s learning and understanding about this debilitating condition. We will monitor this through audience attendance and feedback.

    Risk

    There are very few risk. The choirs run at or above attendance capacity, so there is no risk due to lack of participants. The project can run and be scaled up or down depending on the funding gained.

    Reporting

    Through bi annual reports detailing attendance figures, project feedback and providing artistic material created by the groups.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,920

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,800 Cardiff North singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Cardiff North
      £3,800 Cardiff South singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Cardiff South
      £3,800 Newport Singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Newport
      £3,800 Care home singing session 24 singing sessions in a local care home for people with dementia and their families
      £3,920 Writer fees 18 Reminiscent therapy sessions for people with dementia and their families plus writing fee
      £3,000 Project management 20 days project management
      £2,000 training training 3 music practioners so that work can be expanded throughout South Wales
      £1,800 administrative support £1000 overheads, £800 print and programmes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Simon Gibson Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Pencare £1,360 Guaranteed
    Linc Housing £2,250 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The projects take place in Cardiff North, Cardiff South & Vale, Central Cardiff and Newport. Dementia effects people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Venues are specifically chosen for flat easy access with parking.

    Beneficiaries

    People living with dementia and their families. The sessions have demonstrated that an involvement in the chorus saw greater confidence, self-esteem and movement ability for the participants, and supports the carers to share experience reducing the level of loneliness.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has developed models of practice that are specifically benefitial to people with dementia and their families. Delivered by professional artists, the sessions and artistic product are of the highest quality. The charity also has close links with several national arts organisations with whom to work with partnership with.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Kate Woolveridge

    Music Director, winner of the inspirational 'Women of the Year' in 2011 for her work with the people with dementia and their families

    Sarah Teagle

    Charity Manager, project manages all choirs, projects and staff