Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

With Music In Mind has been running singing and social groups for people aged 50 and over in the Vale of Glamorgan for the last 2 years. The organisation’s aims are to reduce the risk of loneliness and social isolation in older people and to improve general wellbeing and health through group singing and socialisation.

Academic research has shown that group singing improves memory and mood, reduces stress and loneliness and improves generally wellbeing. Inspired by this research, group founders Kate and Sarah set up With Music In Mind to put the research into practise.

With Music In Mind groups consist of an hour of group singing, led by our wonderful musical director, followed by refreshments and a further hour of social activities. These include quizzes and games, hand massage, musical performances and talks from outside speakers.

In the past two years With Music In Mind has hosted 141 members which totals 3592 units of care. Our members have told us about the huge benefits to them, and to their families:

"As a newcomer to Cowbridge I looked for an opportunity to meet people and to sing for pleasure. I had been feeling a little isolated and knew few people. This group has provided the perfect solution for me. You do not need to have a great singing voice - merely a love of music. I feel much more confident now and energised after each session. My life has been changed for the better and I never feel isolated. The effort and kindness of the organisers is marvellous - we are so fortunate to have them and our conductor/pianist. They also organise excellent social activities." Anonymous, aged 86.

"The fact you didn't have to audition, read music or even 'sing' was a big plus. I really look forward to my Friday morning singing. We have gelled into a nice friendly group and always leave feeling joyful. I would recommend With Music In Mind to anyone as it is a joyful, uplifting experience and you get to meet new people". Pam Evans, aged 72.

"We're a slightly dotty lot who have a thoroughly enjoyable time every Friday morning come rain or shine, starting with an hour's singing of a great variety of songs, new and old. This is always followed by an eagerly awaited cup of tea or coffee and a delicious spread of cakes, biscuits and fruit before the second half of the morning. Our two organisers have arranged guest entertainment of a high order, quizzes, mini talks on specialist subjects and sometimes just a good opportunity for a good natter. If anyone feels a bit down before coming then it can be virtually guaranteed they will leave with a lighter step". Nigel Lewis.

"I live in the rural vale and there are not many opportunities to meet people, so I was a bit isolated. With Music In Mind has provided a new circle of friends and an unthreatening opportunity to sing". Anonymous, aged 69.

"With Music In Mind is a special time. Choirs can be stuffy but not this one, and because we're all around the same age - we have a lot in common. It's like having friends on your doorstep. It's good to be part of it". Patricia Payne, aged 66.

"The group is happy and kind, we have music and it is a high point of the week. We laugh quite a lot". Anonymous, aged 70.

“My husband suffers with vascular dementia. It has affected his short term memory drastically…but he copes well at With Music In Mind. He enjoys the singing, company and entertainment. I hear him singing some of the melodies at home! Thank you ladies for giving him a happy session.” Carys Thomas.

“It gives me a great deal of pleasure to mix with other people. It’s certainly a cure for loneliness.” Bill Summerfield, age 93

Currently, groups run in Cowbridge and Barry. £1000 from the Aviva Community Fund would ensure that we are funded to pay our musical director for 6 months and enable the continuation of this valuable service to these communities in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Project Video

With Music In Mind C.I.C.

Moment of Pride

We are proud to provide a service to vulnerable people who are at risk of loneliness or of worsening well-being and make a difference to people's lives in the Vale of Glamorgan. We are proud to be open to absolutely anyone, of any singing ability regardless of illness or disability.

Location: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom