13/04/2023

Power of Music Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have received a grant from The Power of Music Fund to provide free ‘Introduction to Music Therapy in the Community’ sessions across Surrey for unpaid carers.

These one-off sessions, for those who care for a loved one, friend or neighbour, who is living with dementia, will raise awareness of the power of music. At the sessions, run by a trained music therapist, carers will be introduced to the benefits music has and some basic techniques to give them the tools to use music in their day-to-day caring.

The power music has for people living with dementia cannot be underestimated. It has the power to bring people together in the here and now, providing a way to reconnect with memories again, musical moments to share with loved ones. Research shows that music can help reduce some of the distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety. Music therapy engages healthy parts of the brain to address many of these symptoms and some of the knock-on effects of dementia, such as loss of confidence and self-worth, low mood and feelings of frustration, irritability, isolation and confusion.

Details of the first ‘Introduction to Music Therapy in the Community’ sessions will be available soon.

A big thank you to the organisations who make up the Power of Music Consortium for the award of this grant – The National Academy for Social Prescribing, Music for Dementia and The Utley Foundation.

This grant has been awarded off the back of The Loop’s free weekly Dementia Music Therapy Group, Music Memories. Music Memories takes place every Tuesday morning, 10:30 to 12:30, at St Martin’s Church, East Horsley. Music Memories is funded by monies raised by Sian and Joe, at The Duke of Wellington, part of the Peach Pubs group, with the generous support of the local community.