Singing groups for people living with dementia
Herts Musical Memories delivers vibrant music sessions that are both fun and therapeutic for people with memory problems, people living with dementia and their carers.
Herts Musical Memories is a registered charity founded by Kerry Brabant. It is valiantly run on very limited resources and good will. Kerry has worked tirelessly to make this a success and now Herts Musical Memories is on the way to reaching its 3rd year anniversary. During this time Herts Musical Memories has been lucky enough to be approached and chosen to appear on Alan Titchmarsh’s show, Love Your Home, Love Your Garden, where a couple from one of our singing groups were nominated to have their home and garden transformed. It was a life changing experience for both Ann and Mike.
The charity has also held an event at St. Albans Cathedral attended by a vast 230 people, all singing for dementia and raising funds to help this wonderful service and support. We are now on Facebook and Twitter sharing some amazing photos and posts.
A diagnosis of dementia can be both frightening and bewildering, leaving people feeling isolated. Musical memory sessions are full of fun and stimulating activity providing health benefits to people living with dementia. The sessions have been developed through research and are based in music therapy. For people with memory problems, singing familiar songs can help connect them to their memories. We run 13 sessions all over Hertfordshire. We are reaching out to 400 people per week and warmly welcome new members. It is the aim of Herts Musical Memories to reach out to as many people as possible, offering help and support to all those in need, people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers.
Each week, after gentle warm up and breathing exercises to strength the voice, ease tension, and relax muscles, we sing an eclectic mix of songs both old and new – and we laugh a lot!
It is not a requirement to have perfect pitch, just to join in the fun.
Cruse exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire offers support when you need it most.
The death of someone we love is likely to be the most distressing experience we will ever face. When someone dies, a relationship is lost, a process of change begins and we move towards a new and largely unknown situation.
Grieving is hard work; and we may frequently feel exhausted, or have health problems of various kinds. But grief is not an illness. It is a natural human experience from which we can emerge to face a new and very different reality.
Each person’s grieving is unique.
Our service is offered to everyone whatever their culture, race, religion or sexual orientation. We aim to provide an accessible, individualised service supporting bereaved people on the telephone, in their own homes or within the local community. Cruse support is provided whenever it is needed, in the immediate aftermath of a death or months or even years later.
The Hospice of St Francis helps 2,000 local people to live their precious lives well. Our free care for people managing, or recovering from, serious illness has many forms – care at the Hospice, at home, or in our Spring Centre - and is defined by each person's need.
We ‘give life back’ by improving symptoms and helping people to achieve personal goals, whilst for others we make the end of life the best it can be. We’re also here for loved ones and children affected by loss, helping them to rebuild their lives and live through grief.
Graded outstanding in our last CQC inspection (June 2016), our charity cares for a person or family unit for however long we’re needed – days, weeks, months or years.
We love what we do and we love your support too by taking part in the SACCR you are helping us to raise over £5 million annually to fund our free care. Every penny is needed to do what we do.