The This Rain peer-to-peer resource is an EP music record and short documentary film for unpaid carers of people with dementia, produced by Pauline Walmsley and Carol Beckwith.
Pauline Walmsley, a former unpaid carer for her mother who had dementia, and her friend Carol Beckwith both had an interest in music and knew about the therapeutic benefits of song writing. Working with carers, former carers, the songwriters, along with other musicians, produced a five song CD entitled ‘This Rain’. This is accompanied by a short video showing how the songs were created.
The project aims to demonstrate how storytelling and song writing can provide positive support for those caring for loved ones with dementia. Pauline and Carol say that the project made it possible to have open conversations about issues that might have otherwise been difficult to express, exploring questions such as ‘what’s it like to be a carer?’, ‘what’s it like to have your life turned upside down? and ‘where do you find support?’
Pauline and Carol released the CD under the banner of Acorn Shed Music, which is an organisation that aims to work towards supporting better health and well-being through storytelling and song writing, especially for those who feel unheard.
The CD was launched on the 14th November 2019 at the Alzheimer Scotland Bridgeton Resource Centre, along with the short documentary film.