Musical Herts, Hoddesdon - Community Music Group for People with Dementia & their Carers
Every Friday, 10 - 11.30am
The weekly sessions will offer an opportunity for people to make music in a friendly and welcoming environment and explore their creativity. Activities will include: singing and improvising with a range of musical instruments (rhythmic/percussive and melodic), song-writing, dancing to and singing familiar songs. The music activities may also hold an element of relaxation, reflection and reminiscence. Participants do not need to have any prior musical experience, just a love of music and willingness to engage with others. Carers will be offered an opportunity to use the time as respite or to engage in making music with their loved one, or a mixture of the two. Light refreshments will be provided and we ask that participants consider a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session.
Please visit www.musicalherts.org.uk for more details.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Mayhem Function Hall
- EN11 8HF
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When is it on?
- Date & Time Information
- Every Friday, 10 - 11.30am
- Time of day
- Referral required
- Referral and availability notes
Referals can be made through GP's, a dementia care support workers, self-referrals and any other health care professionals. Please call Teela on 07521 248091 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then arrange a suitable time to talk to the carer and/or cared for and arrange a taster session.
We work with highly-skilled, HCPC-registered music therapists in our sessions. For more information on the benefits of Music Therapy please visit www.bamt.org.
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy can benefit us all. It does not discriminate against sex, race or religion, and is one place where people can come together and bridge age, disability and class. A Music Therapist is trained to respond to the needs of individuals during the musical process. This doesn’t mean you have to be a virtuoso, it means you have to be aware of the nature of music and the growth the musical process can inspire whilst ‘in flow’. Aspects that can be developed through this musicmaking process can directly benefit the client. Music therapy can address physical, emotional and/or social needs. You can help non-verbal people express their emotions through play by allowing them the opportunity WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY? to exert anger, sorrow and even happiness through the instruments. The instruments act as a translator, a safe go-between for people to express themselves and let out in a healthy and controlled way. Community Music Therapy that takes place ‘in the now’ can help people taking part by bringing them together in a shared ‘safe place’ where they don’t feel judged. It’s not about playing the right notes, its about giving it a go and exploring the world together, Music Therapy can be used as a nonmedical intervention to help many different aspects of a person’s health and social needs.