‘Wonderful’ care home concerts

‘Wonderful’ care home concerts

Residents at five of our care homes were more than happy to take part in Singing in the Summer concerts recently.

Delivered by Wales-based Forget-me-not Chorus charity, the series of outdoor concerts follow virtual singing sessions that have taken place throughout the pandemic and are specifically designed to support people living with dementia and their families.

Taking place at our care homes Mountford in Truro, Pengover in Liskeard, Woodland in St Austell, St Martin’s in Camborne and Blackwood in Camborne, the interactive sessions were led by Forget-me-not Chorus co-founder and Artistic Director Kate Woolveridge.

“I believe passionately in the power of music,” said Kate. “Singing together in a relaxed and fun environment has immense therapeutic benefits for both those living with and alongside dementia.

“The joy and laughter are infectious and the feel-good factor remains long after the rehearsal is over. Everyone’s dementia journey is unique but we are united as we sing together.”

“It was a very moving experience,” said Jan Burns, our Head of Fundraising. “Kate was amazing at getting everyone involved and there was a real sense of genuine enjoyment and happiness.

“Music really is a great way of breaking down barriers and connecting with people. It was wonderful to watch.”

The Forget-me-not Chorus, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, works with more than 450 care homes across the UK. One chorister has described what the charity does as ‘a spa for the soul’.

“The benefits are huge and we’re delighted to be working with them,” said our Chief Executive Anne Thomas.

“Eight of our 16 homes are currently involved in the singing programme and we’re hoping to expand that number over the coming months.”    

The project is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and The Percy Bilton Charity.

For more information, visit www.forgetmenotchorus.com