Brendoncare Clubs, run by Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, has launched a dementia friendly virtual music club for members across Hampshire and Dorset.
The new initiative comprises a ‘musical walk’ in the company of a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra musician, Hugh. The session is held fortnightly and includes a ‘walk’ with sub titles. After the ‘walk’ there is an opportunity to discuss the music they have listened to.
The members are supported by their carers and the aim is to have both Brendoncare Club members and Brendoncare care home residents take part in the club.
The carer of club member, Sylvia, commented,
“I sang along and we both played percussion instruments. The combination of musical songs and styles is a good variety. We all have a lot of fun together.”
Julie Edyvean, Brendoncare Clubs Locality Manager, said,
“This is an excellent initiative for our members living with dementia. The participants enjoyed the first two sessions. Hugh is a very engaging guide and his walks are a satisfactory blend of the familiar and something new to learn.”
Brendoncare Clubs have been temporarily closed since March 2020 and with many members living alone, Brendoncare has been helping to maintain the positive connections and friendships they enjoy through their regular clubs. The Virtual Music Club is another way of members being involved and connected with others.
Brendoncare Clubs is a well-established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline in Hampshire and Dorset, through the 94 clubs across 40 locations during the week and over the weekend. They offer a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.