The initiative, which has been named ‘Together with Music’ is being championed by Care England, in partnership with Intergenerational Music Making. The initiative hopes to strengthen and build links between education, health and community organisations, using music as a conduit for sharing cultural heritage, providing a physical and emotional bond and enhancing the individual identity for the young and old.
The idea is that care homes will be linked with local school and youth groups and will share music with each other, via technology, to tackle and reduce social isolation which has been created by Covid-19 restrictions.
Music has been recognised as an effective way of engaging people including those with dementia which make up a large proportion of care home residents and this initiative hopes that the musical introduction will act as a vehicle into further connection, creativity and strong community links across England.
Avnish Goyal, Chair of the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation, Care England and Hallmark Care Homes said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative. Music plays a huge part in all of our lives and has so many benefits for people living with dementia.
“We are sure this campaign will spread a lot of joy this winter and further develop the great relationships we have with our local communities. We are looking forward to seeing the impact this work has had in the coming weeks.”
Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England said: “Care homes are especially mindful of the need to consider the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of residents whilst restrictions are in place to protect them from Covid-19.
“This project will bring a ray of sunshine to thousands of lives and help counter feelings of isolation during the winter months.”
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