Singing therapy hits the right note at The Wolsey
2016 - July, Latest news
The Alzheimer’s Society working in partnership with asra Housing Group has been hosting ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions at the Wolsey Building, in Leicester.
The free sessions were held for the local community and any asra customer with a diagnosis of dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society teamed up with Big Lottery funded group Leicester Ageing Together (LAT) which asra are working with to provide a range of free activities for the over 55s.
asra Housing Group has offered The Wolsey Building every Monday between 2pm - 3.30pm for social groups to come in for the benefit of our customers and the wider community.
Conducting the singing sessions is Kyle Keal who prepares the session with a welcome song that introduces all that attend and then finds out what music each participant likes. This helps Kyle develop a music plan that provides therapeutic stimulation.
For the initial launch, around 20 people attended with three of these being asra customers.
Extra Care Scheme Manager, Sarah Wordsworth, said: “We have been working with Leicester Ageing Together for a couple of months to offer our service for the community to be welcomed in and to serve our customers who have a diagnosis of dementia. Previously ‘Singing for the brain’ was going to be held in different communal facilities, until they saw The Wolsey and asked if they could be here permanently - as the facilities are so lovely!
We are hoping that more of our customers will come along with advertising, from all of our other schemes and homes, who have a diagnosis of dementia to ensure longevity of this activity. We will also be offering healthy Indian cookery courses through Leicester Ageing Together in the future too.Sarah Wordsworth (Extra Care Scheme Manager)