Dementia Inclusive Singing Network
Luminate was awarded £125,000 from the Life Changes Trust to establish a Dementia Inclusive Singing Network. Funding runs from 2019 to 2021.
Supported by Age Scotland, Scottish Care and Making Music, the nation-wide network aims to ensure that people living with dementia and their carers have the opportunity to sing in a choir in their local area. Research has already shown that the benefits of participation in community singing can include improved mental, social and emotional wellbeing, increased confidence and improved quality of life.
Choirs also provide the opportunity for fun, friendship, feeling happier, feeling worthwhile and feeling valued. Singing in a choir can give a sense of belonging as well as a sense of pride in the group and its achievements, and individuals can do something they enjoy, where dementia is not the focus.
Luminate will support choirs whose work focuses on people living with dementia and their carers, as well as supporting existing community choirs who would like to become dementia inclusive.