An extremely illuminating and fun session. Thank you Open Strings….you are amazing! – EB, Centre Worker, Hop 50+


I really enjoyed the emphasis on just taking part and enjoying the music, not worrying about making a mistake – Sue, family carer

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Open Strings Music’s Training Programme For Carers Of People Living With Dementia:

Using music-making for connection, inspiration, and communication

We are delivering our training programme again – online – from August 2020; please contact us for more details.

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 family and professional 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.

We’ve delivered this training throughout Brighton and Hove 2018-2020 as part of our CCG-commissioned work with dementia-friendly communities, with the Care Home Inreach Team, with various community hubs and residential settings (National Lottery -funded), Carers’ Centre, as well as with Chichester Dementia Action Alliance (2017). 

Read our 2019-20 Evaluation Report by clicking here.

We also provide bespoke training, mentoring, and consultancy in using music in your setting – contact us for more details.

Please contact us for more details and booking.

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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

The trainers were very confident and welcoming.
-Natalie, Support Worker