Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home explores how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.
The project hopes to improve the quality of life for people in care homes and help create happy environments for carers, family and care home staff. This is urgently needed as, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, 70% of the growing number of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
A Choir in Every Care Home is led by three major organisations in the field: Live Music Now, which provides national leadership for musicians working in the care sector, Sound Sense, the UK professional association for community music, and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, providing cutting-edge research on the medical and social impacts of singing.
Over the course of the first year, senior representatives of these national organisations met regularly to share knowledge, understand what works, undertake research and consultation and actively create the conditions to make every care home a singing home.
The project relaunched on 20 September 2017 with presentations at the Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference in Birmingham and the Kindness Can: A Positive Future for Loneliness conference in London.
Header photo: A Choir in Every Care Home includes a set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music