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Music In Mind Camerata in the Community

Lead service provider/commissioner


Manchester Camerata

Type of knowledge

Type of knowledge:

Project evaluation

Type of evaluation:

Survey; Focus group; Interviews

Prevention service description

‘Music in Mind’ supports up to 350 people annually. Each session for people living with dementia is made up of up to 10 people who are supported by support staff, alongside a Camerata musician and a Music Therapist. The programme is delivered in care homes and hospitals in Greater Manchester for up to 15 weeks at a time. The musicians adopt a person-centred approach, encouraging the participants to improvise using small percussion instruments and vocalisation.

The aim of ‘Music in Mind’ is to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia through improving communication, mood and reducing agitation. . The programme seeks to be preventative by decreasing people living with dementias’ use of medication and their need to access health services.

Intervention/service type:

Befriending, mentoring and peer support; Community services; Low-level support; Carers support; Social prescribing; Self-care; Community capacity building

Target client group(s):

Older people; Adults with long-term health conditions; Adults with mental health problems; Carers; Vulnerable adults

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