Projects

 

 

Sing for your Life

The Care Home Singalong 2022

Project ID: 0010359416

Jan 2022

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We are looking for more Care Homes in London and the surrounding counties, so please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.  We understand that many Care Homes are not allowing visitors inside at the moment, so this may be just what you need!

Activity Co-ordinators who participated in a similar project in 2020/21 said it was a ‘Godsend’ as they were able to run this fully inclusive activity throughout the lockdowns, and keep everyone’s spirits up.

This is a new way of working for us and we are keen to see whether it will be successful.  If it proves to be effective, it will open up a whole new market for us, working further afield, as well as being a perfect delivery model during COVID-19.  Sing for your Life is working in partnership with LondonADASS and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on this project. 

We also have funding for 12 new songs.  The songs will be simply recorded by our expert musicians to be suitable for participatory singing in Care Homes.  We already have over 250 songs from the old days to join in with, and will be releasing more over the coming months. 

We currently have several London Care Homes participating in the project.  Training was delivered virtually and we have monthly MSTeams meetings to find out how things are going and choose songs for future recording.

At the end of the project if the Care Homes have fulfilled the requirements, and wish to continue, they will be able to keep their Silver Song Music Box and carry on receiving support and new songs at no additional cost.

 

 

 

 

Sing for your Life

The Great Care Home Singalong

Project ID: 0010359416

Feb 2021

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This Big Lottery funded project started in September 2019 and ran for 18 months.  We aimed to recruit 12 Care Homes, but due to the pandemic, were only able to recruit 9 before lockdown in March 2020.  The cost was £7,800 from the Big Lottery plus an additional £2,400 from the Care Homes for ongoing support services.

Activities within this project

We provided the Silver Song Music Pod to 9 Care Homes in Suffolk (listed below).  The Music Pod has been loaded with over 235 originally recorded versions of popular old songs.

We trained activity co-ordinators, to run singing sessions for the Care Home residents, which makes the intervention much more sustainable than delivering sessions ourselves.  We provide a Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence and ongoing support for each group. 

Fornham House Bury St Edmunds
Mildenhall Lodge Mildenhall
Barham Care Home Ipswich
Hazeldell Ipswich
Park View Care Home Ipswich
The Willows Care Home Ipswich
Norwood Ipswich
Harleston House Lowestoft
Broadlands Lowestoft

 

Beneficiaries

The average size of a singing group is 15 people.  Our project reached at least 135 older people plus the Care Home staff.  Some of our Care Homes said that the tablet was a ‘Godsend’ during lockdown as it can be used with a group or taken to people's rooms.

 

Staff Feedback

There have been some staff changes during the project and one was furloughed.  It was not possible to revisit the homes at the end of the project, so evaluation was completed by telephone.  The feedback was very positive.  Here are some of the comments:

 

Very useful, before lockdown we used it in our lounge and cinema.  Now all residents are isolating in their rooms, so there are no group activities.  We have some new members of staff who are keen to use the tablet.  I will suggest they try it on a one to one basis.  We would like to keep the tablet and would welcome you back when things get back to normal.

Mildenhall Lodge

 

We used it every 2 weeks at church service before the pandemic.  A 'Godsend' during lockdown now that we can't have entertainers here.  Really good to be able to change the key and tempo.

Hazeldell

 

The Tablet is very useful now we can't have entertainers here.  It definitely lifts people's mood.

The Willows Care Home

 

We are using it regularly and singing is now incorporated into our regular activities.
A useful tool, particularly when performers can't come to the home.
We use percussion to liven up the session.
We run the session in small groups of people who like singing.  They may not remember afterwards, but feel happy in the moment. 

Harleston House

 

All the Care Homes wanted to keep the Tablet.

We released several new songs during the project:

  • Sweet Caroline

  • Peggy Sue

  • You’re just too good to be true

  • Those were the days my friend 

  • Daydream Believer

  • Money Money Money

  • How much is that doggie in the window

 

We have commissioned 5 additional songs to be recorded over the coming year.

 

 

Fornham House Staff (Bury St Edmunds)

 

Fornham House Residents