Musical outcome from Big Lottery grant!

29th March 2011

Left: Care South resident Peggy Chidwick enjoying a Musica workshop session
Right: Rosanna Campbell of Dorset-based Musica

Care South has secured £5,250 from the Big Lottery Fund to run Music for Life interactive workshops in the 16 residential homes in Dorset. The aim is to use music to enhance the wellbeing of older people in care settings, to have fun, and to teach new skills. Care South will be working with Rosanna Campbell of Dorset-based Musica, who will run one session a month in each home over a ten month period. Workshops will include singing, reminiscence, composition and live performance, with active participation between the music facilitator and the participants. The project will be evaluated to determine the effects on the people who take part.  The workshops will benefit the elderly participants as well as the care staff. Each session will have a pre-chosen theme and feature well-known songs which will lead to reminiscence discussion. Over the course of the project a collection of musical pieces will be created involving the participants and using a variety of musical instruments. Rosanna Campbell is already known to some Dorset homes and has recently successfully completed a musical project with Maiden Castle House. She founded Musica after writing a dissertation at Bath Spa University on how participating in musical activities can benefit the health and well-being of older adults, and has since developed services which include interactive music workshops, performances and tuition to residents in care homes. She says: “Recent research shows that taking part in musical activities can reduce levels of stress and aggression as well as increasing communication and boosting self-esteem.”