Songs for the Memory is a stimulating group session designed for people with Dementia and their carers in Frome, Somerset, UK. The group focuses on promoting confidence and enhancing the wellbeing of those affected by memory problems and is designed around the principles of music therapy and singing.
I attend this group on a fortnightly basis with my Grandmother who sadly has Dementia. We have only attended 4 sessions so far but already I can see how beneficial this group is for my Grandmother and all of the other attendees and how much hard work goes into the organisation and running of it. They all enjoy the social aspect, the singing and from a carers point of view it’s great to see them having such a lovely time.
The group is located in Frome Community Hospital. We have tea, coffee and biscuits at the beginning of each session. The group then focuses on singing songs, using hand actions and singing in rounds. We also use song sheets printed by the volunteers. There is obviously cost involved in using the room, refreshments and resources used in sessions.
At each of our sessions there is an emphasis on donations to be able to keep our group going. Not only does this give my Grandmother some of the mental stimulation she needs but also gives my grandfather some much needed time to himself as my grandmothers main caregiver, it has created a very lovely social circle of friends and also gives us carers someone else to talk to so we know there are others out there going through the same struggles of caring for a loved one with dementia.
I would love to go into a session and tell them that we have been donated some money, everyone would be so thrilled to know that others understand the importance of groups like ours to people with memory problems.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this, all donations will be greatly received and will have a massive impact on the continuation of our group and enable the organisers to make changes and improvements for the benefit of those attending.