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Dementia Notes

Coda Music Trust activities programme addressing the well-being of older people in care in Bournemouth and Poole.

Name of organisation:
Coda Music Trust

Title of project/programme:
Dementia Notes

Dates of project/programme:
September 2013 to November 2014

Coda devised and delivered an inspirational programme of activities across Bournemouth and Poole using music to address the health and well-being of older people in care, including many with dementia. The Dementia Notes programme provided a rich breadth of participatory music offers to residential care homes and lunch clubs across the town, from participatory workshops and community linked projects to a more individually tailored music therapy service. Alongside this work Coda offered a series of training sessions for carers and created a unique box of resources, The Music Box, to support carers to deliver basic music activities with the people for whom they care, and to promote the benefits of music with older people.

The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from Bournemouth Borough Council and reached over 1500 older people in the town through 150 music sessions.

Coda also engaged external consultants Willis Newson to help evaluate the programme, devising a thorough evaluation framework, training the Coda team, and ultimately using evidence from the evaluation to refine our continuing work and to contribute to the growing body of research to support the benefit of the arts in health care.

Coda’s programme of work with older people continues, with further projects commissioned by Bournemouth Borough Council and the award of an Inspire 2012 Health and Well Being Legacy grant by Dorset County Council to extend the charities work into East Dorset.


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