An extremely illuminating and fun session. Thank you all at Open Strings….you are amazing! – EB, Centre Worker, Hop 50+
Open Strings Music’s Training Programme For Carers Of People Living With Dementia:
Using Music As A Relational Tool For Engagement
Music is an incredibly powerful tool for engagement – we see this every day in our work: people who can be hard to reach light up and become present with us in the moment when we play and sing together.
In our music sessions, people of all abilities play together, some of whom have never played before or were told at an early age that they couldn’t sing.
Experiences such as these can sometimes be a barrier to people playing together at home, even if they enjoy themselves in our music sessions.
To help carers develop their confidence in using music with the people they support, we deliver training sessions, where carers:
• Explore songs and activities
• Try out instruments and techniques
• Learn and share simple and effective warm-ups and cool down exercises
• Develop confidence in music-making
The sessions are informal, supportive, and fun, and are suitable for complete beginners as well as carers with more musical experience.
Having delivered this training for Chichester Dementia Action Alliance in 2017, we are offering several morning sessions in Brighton & Hove in Spring 2018, as part of our work with Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Please contact us for more details and booking.
I’ve been on lots of dementia training, but I hadn’t recognised the gains that can come though the connections of music-making amidst all the loss.
–Anna, Patching Lodge.
I really enjoyed the emphasis on just taking part and enjoying the music, not worrying about making a mistake.
The trainers were very confident and welcoming.
-Natalie, Support Worker