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.

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SMILING SESSIONS COVID-19

During the crisis our Sessions have safely reached thousands of isolated senior citizens living in sheltered or care accommodation across the U.K, supporting their wellbeing through music and singing. Now as we continue to live in uncertain times, we hope our project will help support everyone who is still shielding or cut off as a result of the pandemic.

For 10 years, our Smiling Sessions offered live participatory, high quality singing experiences for older people in care homes and social housing in deprived areas of London. Our participatory singing sessions helped residents to become more integrated, stay healthy and keep active.

When Covid struck, we moved our sessions online; now it wasn’t just older people, but people of all ages who were cut off. We were keener than ever to harness the power of music and singing to support wellbeing and mental health.

Although the lock down has lifted, many people are still confined with little or no access to the outside world; some with no phones, or other internet-dependent devices.

In order to make our Sessions as accessible as possible, we have created an easy to use app – www.smilingsessions.com- where there is a video jukebox (with on screen lyrics) of all the songs we produce.
The sessions are performed by our fabulous professional musicians, Pete Baikie, Neil Herd and Alison Jones and we’re delighted to be joined in our second series by another wonderful line up of celebrity guest singers.

We hope that our weekly ‘celebrity’ sing a long Smiling Sessions will raise awareness of the power of song and the impact singing has on health, well-being and mindfulness, no matter what your age may be. We also want to build an awareness with the public of the terrible isolation many people are still experiencing.

If you have been inspired to support our ever-growing project, please consider making a donation.

Benefits:
  • Lowers anxiety
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Lowers agitation
  • Improves memory
  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Involves carers
  • Bereavement support
  • Enhancing spiritual activity
  • Self expression
  • Creative expression and stimulation
  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Motivation
  • Physical engagement
  • Social connections – supporting relationships
  • Maintenance or development of identity and self
  • Facilitating communication
  • Pleasure and enjoyment
  • Contributing to a creative outcome
Phases:
  • Living well
  • Pre-diagnosis
  • Diagnosis
  • Post diagnosis – early years
  • Post diagnosis – later years
  • End of life
Amenities:
  • No Amenities