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Project information

'SingAbout' Isle of Wight

SingAbout is a social singing activity based on a recognised music therapy. It can help to improve memory, breathing, movement, speech and confidence. Independent Arts are fundraising to provide regular weekly older peoples singing clubs across the Island.

March 2011 - March 2013

Charity information: Independent Arts

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  • Need


    The Isle of Wight has a higher than national average number of dementia sufferers and this number is increasing. People with dementia find it fifficult to socialise and often feel isolated and excluded especially if living in one of the Islands rural communities. 'SingAbout' is based on a recognised and highly effective therapeutic arts programme which offers opportunities to connect with others and to benefit from a proven form of music therapy.


    Independent Arts are setting up regular weekly older persons singing clubs at various venues across the Island. These music sessions are available to local dementia sufferers, their carers and families. We are working with experienced music therapists to lead the sessions provide an enjoyable social event whilst adressing issues of health, well-being and community integration.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make 'SingAbout' sessions available to our local community.


    » Set up and run weekly older persons singing clubs in at least three Island towns.

    What success will look like

    Success will be involving a minimum of sixty people a week in our project which will run for at least a year and hopefully longer.

  • Impact


    The project will address a lack of social and health care available to our community.

    We will demonstrate the sucess of the project by evaluating the improvements in well being of those participating. Success would be a measurable improvement in mood, confidence, communication and cognitive function. Success would also be a high level of participant enjoyment.


    There is a slight risk that we may not have enough facilitators to cover sessions and absences. We have addressed this by finding additional instructors.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project with photographs and feedback from participants. We will also be featuring the lastest project news on our website where we hope to include updated video clips of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,240

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,200 Practioners fees Trained instructors to deliver sessions
      £13,440 Premises Hire Hire of venues
      £23,600 Project management Project management/office/publicity
      £10,000 Materials Session materials/volunteer training/transport etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Triangle Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    The Concertina Trust £100 Guaranteed
    The Allen Lane Foundation £4,870 Guaranteed
    The Charles Hayward Foundation £3,750 Guaranteed
    The Cooperative Community Fund £2,000 Guaranteed
    The W.G. Edwards Foundation £2,100 Guaranteed
    The Garfield Weston Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    IWRCC/NHS £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Lloyds TSB Foundation £18,700 Guaranteed
    The Steel Charitable Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Isle of Wight attracts many retirees from across the UK and our elderly population is much higher than the national average. We have many small rural communities and often older people in these areas can suffer from social isolation and loneliness. Organised community singing clubs offer a chance to connect with other people on a regular basis. They offer socially marginalised people something to look forward to and bring benefit to the individual and the community as a whole.


    Our project is targetted through research and consultation to benefit our demographic. The Island has a higher than national average percentage of people 65 years or older. Tragically, local suicide rates in over 65's are well above the national average, and the number of dementia sufferers is extremely high for such a small community. Fifteen of the Islands twenty eight wards are classed as deprived (included in the worst 20% nationally).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been established since 1987 and have years of experience of working within our local community. We have recently sucessfully piloted 'SingAbout' sessions over a twelve week period. We have also established working partnerships with other organisations and have a track record in providing sucessful and beneficial large scale projects. We have trained professional singing instructors, staff and 25 volunteers already committed to this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sandra Kealty

    Sandy is a trained and highly experienced singing instructor who has led our recent 'SingAbout' sessions.