Toolkits for Care Homes and Musicians

Two toolkits created by A Choir In Every Care Home.


Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home is an initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country. Funded and initiated by the Baring Foundation, it is a unique collaboration between 33 leading national organisations from the worlds of adult social care, music and healthcare research. It 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, providing cutting edge research on the medical and social impacts of singing.

Available Toolkits

Toolkit for Care Homes

This online toolkit is intended to inspire and support you to bring music into the lives of care home residents. It can be achieved on any budget, and the benefits can be remarkable for everyone involved.

This toolkit covers:

  • What are the special benefits of music for a care home, and its residents?
  • What does a music session in a care home look like?
  • What practical first steps can I take to get started?


Toolkit for Musicians

Singing and making music with residents in care homes can be challenging but it is always rewarding. This toolkit will help you start, whether you’re a professional musician, care home staff or an amateur singer (and there are tips for the more established, too.)

This toolkit covers:

  • What happens in a singing care home?
  • Getting down to details
  • Repertoire – what music to choose?
  • Making the money stretch
  • Practical details
External Link

Access the Toolkits

These are web-based toolkits which are available on the Choir In Every Care Home website. Click on the button to be redirected and to get started


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