A small charity based on the Isle of Wigh working predominantly with older people to address the main issues faced by the ageing community.
Name of organisation: Independent Arts
Title of project/programme: SingAbout
Dates of project/programme: 2011 to present
Established in 1987, Independent Arts is a small charity based on the Isle of Wight. Working predominantly with older people, the purpose of our work is to address the main issues faced by our ageing community - the Island has the largest number of people with dementia nationally and a very large ageing population. We use the arts in our daily work as a tool to improve health, - in particular dementia, social isolation, disability and disadvantage.
Our SingAbout programme which launched in 2011 and is still on-going, is an ambitious Island wide project to provide free social Singing for Wellbeing groups to older people, particularly people with dementia, carers and people with disabilities. SingAbout began with an evaluated pilot scheme in 2008 and 2009 and a modular project plan to establish four free clubs across the Island. We have now raised over £190,000 for the project and opened our seventh club this month. Session numbers are monitored on a weekly basis and regular evaluations are conducted to assess both the quality of the sessions and the benefit they are having on the health and wellbeing of the participants. Groups are attended by over 275 people every week. Attendance is completely free of charge.
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