We are the FORGET ME NOTES PROJECT, an Edinburgh-based charity that uses music to build COMMUNITY and combat ISOLATION.
The Forget Me Notes Project has been running a choir for several years. We are dementia-friendly and open to all. The choir provides a space where we use music to express emotions, get to know each other and stand with each other. Our members include people living with dementia, their family and friends, and people from the community. Diagnosis does not matter - singing and enjoying each other's company is the emphasis.
Music is a powerful tool that can help us to share memories and feel connected with other people.
COVID19 has made it impossible for us to meet together, but we have moved our choir onto Zoom and this has worked extremely well. Running twice weekly sessions has allowed us to keep older, vulnerable and isolated people connected, enjoying an activity with others sharing their feelings as we sing together.
It has allowed us to welcome people from beyond the Edinburgh area, and have now welcomed new members from Plymouth to Perth. We have even have a visit from an Italian charity who were keen to follow our example.
Keeping this choir running into the autumn and winter is going to be a crucial way of helping to combat social isolation and help support people through this difficult time.
Your funding will help to fund payment to choir facilitators and the administration of the choir.
You can visit our website at www.forgetmenotes.org.uk where there is a short video about the work we do.
What do our choir members say?
"the choir is the highlight of my week ... during lockdown it lifts me up no end"
"it is completely inclusive and my wife feels so much a part of it despite her increasing difficulties ... it is hugely enjoyable"
"It keeps me feeling normal and connected, and is a great way to lift your spirits "