We’re on the hunt for warm, empathetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help Armonico Consort run our latest project, bringing joy and music to the lives of people living with dementia.
Our very first Memory Singers will be an open access singing group for people living with dementia and their carers, bringing them together in a stimulating, fun, friendly and safe environment. The sessions will be collaborative and uniting – just as music is itself – improving brain activity, well-being and mood, and helping to reconnect memory.
The weekly sessions will take place in Warwick and will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.
We are looking for volunteers to help us to run the group, assisting with practical arrangements, welcoming and talking to participants, serving refreshments and so on. We’re looking for people who are kind, empathetic and full of enthusiasm. If you think this could be you, please get in touch for an informal chat.
Over the past year, lockdown measures have only increased loneliness and isolation for older members of our society and, particularly, for those living with dementia in the community and in care homes. At the same time, our own professional freelance musicians have seen much of their work disappear during the pandemic.
In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society’s initiative, Singing for the Brain, we have been able to retrain our musicians, enabling them to utilise their skills in new ways. Whilst the sessions will offer a variety of music from many genres, this is an Armonico project and therefore elements of Baroque music will be incorporated each week.
If you feel a family member or someone you care for may benefit from joining the group, please register your interest now as places will be limited and we will keep you informed about our plans.
To find out more about volunteering or to register your interest in joining the choir please get in touch with Sarah Riddell firstname.lastname@example.org 07722 632242