A funding award of £225,000 has been announced by the Life Changes Trust and the Baring Foundation to support new and existing community choirs across the whole of Scotland to become dementia inclusive. The funding has been awarded to creative ageing organisation Luminate to oversee the project. They will be supported by Age Scotland, Scottish Care and Making Music.
People with dementia have a right to take part in cultural activities and the new nation-wide network will offer opportunities for them and their families and friends to join within the wider community to sing and develop a wider social network through the choir.
Research has already shown the benefits of participation in community singing, which include improved mental, social and emotional well-being, increased confidence and improved quality of life.
Choirs also be a place for fun, friendship, feeling happier and feeling valued. Singing in a choir can foster a sense of...