We are an independent organisation and work with a group of about 30 members (12-15 people with dementia, each with their carer); we have a group of  volunteers to help with our sessions. Our musical activities are led by musicians who have gained valuable experience through the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Singing for the Brain®’project. Our musical leaders take it in turns to lead the sessions. Other volunteers are on hand to assist with the singing, organise the refreshments and help to look after members of the group.

We have excellent support from volunteers from the University of Exeter, as well as Sixth Form volunteers from local schools; we also enjoy enjoy occasional visits from the choir of Redhills Primary school and St Peter's School, Lympstone.

'Remember that Song' members were very excited to hear that Grace Tilley, a student volunteer from the University of Exeter, achieved a First Class Honours degree in June 2017. The title of Grace's dissertation was 'Exploring the use of music within dementia care and how it can have a positive impact on individuals: improving wellbeing and quality of life'. Grace plans to pursue her interest in this field and says: 'it's so moving and so exciting what music can do for people. I'm going to see if I can use music where I live to help people with dementia too. It's so important and worthwhile and needs more publicity so it can happen more across the country.'

Our volunteers will be meeting another representative from the University of Exeter at their training session in September, when Dr Catherine Quinn (Senior Research Fellow, REACH: The Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health, University of Exeter) comes to tell us about her work.

 

 

 

Musical Leaders
Remember that Song Musical Leaders (left to right: Daphne, Jan and Maureen)

 

 

 

 

 

logoThe logo which appears on our printed materials was originally designed by a member of Redhills Primary School – thank you, Amy!  Visits by young people are much enjoyed by our members and also help to achieve one of our aims – to promote dementia awareness in the community.