Project information

Music therapy for older people during day care

We are raising money for music therapy in small groups for our clients with memory difficulties. With money raised from BigGive 2016 we trialled new activities, and music therapy was amazing and was loved by the group in the trial. Now with your help, we want to expand to more groups on other days.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Homelink Day Care Respite Centre - St Augustine's Community Care Trust

Homelink Day Care Respite Centre - St Augustine's Community Care Trust logo
  • Need


    We help vulnerable people who suffer with both physical and mental health disabilities and from social isolation. Clients’ medical conditions include dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, arthritis, heart conditions, diabetes, sight/hearing loss, strokes and MS.
    Most are being cared for at home by a carer and Homelink provides much needed respite for carers. Caring can be rewarding, however can also be extremely exhausting and stressful.


    We have a horror of respite centres where old people sit slumped in their chairs with a loud TV blaring out all day long. We design activities and entertainment specifically around the people who come to us. Funding for activity of this kind will go a long way to ensuring we keep people involved and stimulated mentally and this programme has been shown to improve memory.
    If our clients go home happy, this will have a positive effect on their carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To plan a programme of music therapy sessions across the year within the amount of money raised.


    » Determine the availability of therapists.
    » Book volunteers and staff to assist in the sessions
    » Identify the clients who can benefit the most from the sessions in blocks of six weeks.

    What success will look like

    Records of weekly/ monthly programmes

    Aim 2

    Run the sessions and observe response.


    » Run the sessions with staff and volunteers helping.
    » Helpers to observe responses. Get regular feedback from carers about how the cared for person is responding at home.
    » Review each session with the therapist and make changes if appropriate.

    What success will look like

    Evaluation from the external supplier including notes of comments received.

    Aim 3

    Evaluate activities


    » Review comments, evaluation forms, outside suggestions and ensure the programme stays fresh.

    What success will look like

    Review across the year after each quarter for feedback to trustees. Evidence of review of the programme by staff and trustee sub committee every quarter.

  • Impact


    We will be able to accept more clients with complex needs and challenging behaviour. By extending this innovative programme we will see significant memory improvements in the participants.
    If our clients are stimulated, there will be direct benefit to their wellbeing and mental health and in turn this will allow carers to cope for longer and the clients to stay in their own homes for longer. Our aim is to improve the quality of life of older people in the last months and years of their lives.


    Main risk is not having sufficient staff resource to manage smaller group activities.
    This is mitigated by:
    1. Having a comprehensive fundraising programme which includes fundraising for staff core costs
    2. Our mantra is 'Homelink - where caring comes first', therefore if there is a shortfall in our overall funding, this aspect will always be of the highest priority.


    We meet many donors face to face and keep them up to date and we have a constant presence on facebook where we post photographs and updates. If we secure matched funding from a Champion we will invite them to get involved and visit us to see our wonderful family atmosphere.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,670

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,420 Music therapist Twelve music therapy sessions in six week blocks
      £900 Admin and evaluation Project management, admin and collection of feedback
      £450 Materials Materials for therapy sessions
      £900 Homelink staff Staff to suport and observe
  • Background


    We are based in the deprived ward of Whitton near Twickenham in the London borough of Richmond. Approx 80% of our clients come from this area and 20% come from Hounslow.


    Older people and their carers. We have identified 18 people aged over 75 with diagnosed memory problems including Alzheimer’s. This leads to a decline in reasoning and understanding, and in some cases to behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, loss of confidence and anxiety. Some have physical problems and are wheelchair users. Others have communication problems – are becoming deaf or cannot process information or cope with every-day tasks. Music therapy is proven to help.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a comparatively small charity, however we are a centre of excellence for the care of older people and especially those with dementia. In 2015, with a grant from the Department of Health and other funders, we raised £1.385 million and built a brand new centre.

    We are now finding it more difficult to raise sufficient funding to fully utilise the building. We are a well run charity with excellent staff, volunteers and trustees. We are a local charity, run by local people for local people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Liz Smith

    Centre Manager - managing the nursing, care staff and volunteers.

    Julie Petson

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Heidi Macdougall

    Donor and fundraiser who will make the first pledge

    Many Names

    All our staff and volunteers