Since 2014, OOTS has delivered a programme of over 440 live performance workshops to residents in 33 care homes caring for those with dementia, their families, staff and carers in Birmingham, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Nuneaton & Bedworth in partnership with Mindsong.

    • One in six people over 80 has dementia*
    • The population over 75 in Warwickshire and Worcestershire will increase by 40% by 2020**
    • 70% of care home residents have dementia or significant memory loss*
    • People living with mid to late-stage dementia are isolated and deprived of life-enriching creativity and the ability to participate in any meaningful way*

*The Alzheimer’s Society **Local Govt data

Sue Pope, OOTS Learning & Participation Manager and Dementia Champion:

“Music has such a powerful role in supporting people at whatever stage of their dementia journey. It is such an amazing experience to see people come alive with the music; join in, tap their feet, sing along and really get involved with the sessions. We are so pleased to be able to bring our professional musicians to these homes and know that our players are gaining a great deal from the experience too.”

Sessions involve pairs of instruments performing classical pieces, hymns, folk songs and well-known participative songs in main lounge areas attended by residents, care home staff, carers and relatives. Performances also take place on a 1-2-1 basis in residents’ rooms for those unable to leave their beds. OOTS musicians receive specialist training by music therapy charity ‘Mindsong’ prior to undertaking any sessions.

If you would like to find out more about our projects and activities for older people, please  contact Learning & Participation Manager Sue Pope at: education@orchestraoftheswan.org