THE MEMORY CHOIR
The Memory Choir (TMC) is a social enterprise with the aim of enhancing the wellbeing of people living with dementia through singing as a group.
TMC was founded in April 2018 by Kim Garner (Romsey, Hampshire UK), a social care professional with a passion for singing and entertaining people of all ages. Being something close to her heart, Kim embarked on a new venture to enhance the lives of those living with dementia following reading some research on how singing can be a beneficial part of overall care.
There is a lot of evidence to show that singing provides people living with dementia, moments of memories that re-connect them to the present and to their loved ones. It also provides those closest to them, a chance to be with the person they knew, and enjoy a meaningful activity they can both take part in and experience a positive result.
TMC is designed to connect people living with dementia, their carers, friends, family and supporters. TMC also provides an opportunity to forge new friendships which add further support systems to their daily lives.
“The choir looks to give its members all kinds of singing experiences and I am always planning these. I also look at The Memory Choir as being inclusive and its members are not only people with dementia, but family, friends and supporters from other choirs.”
What others say about The Memory Choir:
“Had the most amazing afternoon with the very special Memory choir, I have seen a side to a lot of people that I have not seen before!! Than you so much from all at Abbotswood Court. “
L. Wintle – Facebook
“Myself as a Carer I have found new friends both in those living with dementia and their carers. When my husband first attended, he was reluctant to join in, but thoroughly enjoys it now. Although my husband forgets each week where he is going, once there, he enjoys the hours session.”
S.S. TMC Andover
The photos above show The Memory Choir performing in September at the National Dementia Care Awards in the gardens of Winchester Cathedral. They are planning some new gigs in Winchester and London, watch this space for further updates on these.
If you would like to get in touch with The Memory Choir please follow this link to the website.