Silver Songs For All
Singing has been shown to have multiple benefits for older people. We would like to open 50 new Silver Song Clubs over the next 4 years and this will enable us to reach over 15 000 isolated and at-risk older people.
This bold target requires us to raise an additioanl £60 000 per year.
January 2011 - December 2015
Charity information: Sing For Your Life
The lives of older people are often blighted by a range of medical conditions and these often lead to isolation and depression.
Many older people are reluctant to access support services, either through fear or because they do not wish to feel dependent.
As our ability to treat physical conditions improves there is an increase an age related mental health conditions, particularly Alzheimers' and Dementia.
These factors lead to low quality of life for many older people.
Participation in quality, social and community based singing activities has been linked to lowered use of medication and visits to GPs, reduced social isolation and depression and improved quality of life and optimism.
Silver Song Clubs have been independently evaluated and have won a number of national and international awards.
This project will allow us to establish groups in 50 new areas over the next four years and improve the lives of older people in those areas.
Improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of older people.
Activities» Establish Silver Song Clubs in deprived areas, particualrly where there is a shortage of services for older people.
Our standard monitoring and evaluation procedures, both internal and external, will be used to monitor the success of this project.
The older people who attend Silver Song Clubs will lead improved lives.
For many of them, attending a Silver Song Club is the first step in making new friends, feeling part of their community and beginning to accept help and support to make their lives better.
We will collect and publish all the data collected during this project with a particular emphasis on the feedback given by the older people who attend each Silver Song Club.
The two risks that could affect the project are lack of suitably qualified and experienced musicians and difficulty in attracting older people to new Silver Song Clubs.
Both of these are addressed by our substantial experience in partnership working with other organisations. These include specialist musical charities as well as organisations working to support older people.
We will publish all the data collected from the new groups and would like donors to specifically support a club or group of clubs.
We would encourage donors to visit their groups on a regular basis to see the change that their support has enabled.
Budget - Project Cost: £263,800Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £102,000 Professional fees Professional musician fees £48,000 Professional expenses Professioanl musician expenses £30,000 Venues and participant costs Venue hire costs and travel to enable older people to attend £25,000 Musical resources Custom song books for older people, keyabords, percussion and Suzuki hand chimes £28,800 PR Promotional material and awareness costs including personalised A5 flyers for each group £30,000 Administration All costs associated with running the project
New Silver Song Clubs will take place in locations throughout England. In particular we will target deprived areas where older people often feel most isolated and areas where we can work in partnership with Admiral Nurses to support people with Dementia and their carers.
Older people in each of the areas selected will benefit from this project.
We know that the average age of people who attend our groups is 79 and the majority are living on their own and receive no form of support.
These are some of the most at-risk people in the population and deserve a high quality experience to improve their lives.
Sing For Your Life has a proven track record in delivering high quality musical activities for older people.
Our work has received awards including a UK nomination of best practice in the EU healthPROelderly programme and a special commendation from the Royal Society for Public Health.
Our work has been subject to rigorous external evaluation and we have just completed a pioneering research project on Silver Song Clubs funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
The Programme Manager leads the team of musicians who deliver Silver Song Clubs and ensures that the quality of service is as high as possible.
Sets up a new Silver Song Club
'This is the best thing we've ever done'