Project information

Behind the mask

To run five creative arts projects for people with dementia & their families exploring the memories people have of film and film music using song, music & reminiscent therapy writing techniques. The project will culminate in performances of poetry and song alongside professional musicians.

January 2019 - May 2019

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 five choirs throughout South Wales led by the charity music director, Kate Woolveridge

    What success will look like

    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

    What success will look like

    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

    What success will look like

    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 Wales Millennium Centre alongside musicians from Welsh National Opera.

    What success will look like

    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: £32,040

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,280 Cardiff North singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Cardiff North
      £6,280 Cardiff South singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Cardiff South
      £6,280 Newport Singing sessions 24 singing sessions for people with dementia and their families in Newport
      £5,200 Care home singing session 40 singing sessions in two local care home for people with dementia and their families
      £1,200 Writer fees 18 Reminiscent therapy sessions for people with dementia and their families plus writing fee
      £1,000 Performance venue hire venue hire, and technical performance costs
      £1,000 Composer fee to write commissioned music
      £4,800 administrative support 20 days project management, £1000 overheads, £800 print and programmes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Linc Housing £1,400 Guaranteed
    Pencare £1,200 Guaranteed
    Nazareth House £2,600 Guaranteed
    Colwinston Charitable Trust £8,500 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. Three choirs are within the community, two are in care homes.

    Beneficiaries

    People living with dementia, their carers and families. The Forget-me-not Chorus is so much more than a choir - the sessions are mitigation against the terrible loneliness and isolation felt by many people living with and alongside dementia. They offer a safe, supportive, normalising and nourishing opportunity to make friends and join together in a joyful, positive experience. Crucially, the Forget-me-not Chorus also gives a powerful creative voice to the experience of living with dementia.

  • 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, such as Welsh National Opera and Royal Welsh Academy of Music & Drama with whom to work in partnership with.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Kate Woolveridge

    Kate Woolveridge is the Artistic Director of the charity and is a professionally trained singer, experienced vocal animateur and musical director.

    Sarah Teagle

    Administrative director, project manages all choirs, projects and staff

We have seen improvements in residents moods. A resident who was clinically depressed since joining the chorus is now gaining weight, eating well, is more animated & socialising well with staff and peers. The chorus has given him a purpose and he says he feels the happiest he has felt in years.

Activities co-ordinator, Nazareth House