Understandably many of the dementia-friendly musical activities and services listed on this map have been postponed, some have moved their offer virtually. Please contact the provider for further details.


Turtle Song - Reading ONLINE

Turtle Song is a singing and songwriting project for people with dementia or memory loss and their carers.

The participants meet once a week for nine weeks, and with the help of professional musicians and music students, write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle, ending in a live performance for friends and family which is recorded as a DVD.

Turtle Song encourages artistic and social interaction, a positive outlook through an enjoyable and shared activity and gives the brain and body a bit of stimulating exercise. It also helps to enhance the professional development of the music students who take part in the project. Since the first Turtle Song at the Royal College of Music, London in 2008 it has been introduced in Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dulwich, Hackney, Suffolk, Oxford, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Norwich, Croydon, York, Reading and Newbury; there are now on average three held each year.

Friday 23rd April
Friday 30th April
Friday 7th May
Friday 14th May
Friday 21st May
Friday 28th May
Friday 4th June
Friday 11th June
Friday 18th June

We will be running this project online. You can apply by getting in touch with Jenny at Younger People with Dementia Berkshire - jenny.vertigan@ypwd.info

If you have questions about the project, please visit our website, or email Charlotte - Charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk

"I cried silent tears of sorrow, of pride, of happiness, of loss, of admiration, of gratitude and more. Thank you for bringing joy to my mum, for accepting her just as she is and for making her truly happy. I have not seen her smile like that for a long time, today she was my beautiful, intelligent, kind & caring, fun loving mum again” (From the daughter of a participant in Reading 2015)

  • Reduces loneliness
  • Involves carers
  • Self expression
  • Creative expression and stimulation
  • Physical engagement
  • Social connections – supporting relationships
  • Pleasure and enjoyment
  • Contributing to a creative outcome
  • Post diagnosis – early years
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Public transport
  • Breakout area