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SING FOR YOUR LIFE and the Suffolk Silver Song Project

The Silver Song Music Box system has been developed by Sing For Your Life to enable Day Care Centres, Residential Care Homes and Hospitals to provide participatory singing sessions for older people. Singing brings people together and The Silver Song Music Box provides an inclusive activity that delivers excellent cognitive stimulation therapy and an effective reminiscence experience.
The Suffolk Silver Song Project is a Big Lottery funded project which was launched in October 2016 and is run by Pip Collings at our new hub in the South East.

Activities within this project
We provided the Silver Song Music Box to 10 Care Homes in Suffolk (listed below). The Music Box has been loaded with over 235 originally recorded versions of popular old songs.

We trained activity co-ordinators to run the singing sessions, which makes the intervention totally sustainable. We provided a Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence and ongoing support for each group. We also offered a follow up service for groups needing additional help.

Baylham Care Centre, Needham Market
Ormonde Residential Care Home, Ipswich
Bethesda Eventide Home, Ipswich
Oulton Park Care Centre, Oulton Broads
Britten Court Care Home, Lowerstoft
Pilgrim Homes, Stowmarket
Davers Court, Bury St Edmunds
Stowlangtoft Hall Nursing Home, Stowlangtoft
Depperhaugh Care Home, Hoxen
Willows Residential Home, Lawshall

Beneficiaries
Our project reached over 320 older people including the Care Home staff and family & friends of the residents. Some of our Care Homes have special events, such as coffee mornings, to bring people from the community to join in the singing. It is a wonderful thing to see carers able to connect with their loved ones through song, when normal communication has gone. We have had positive feedback from all our Care Homes and are looking for more, particularly in the Thames Valley area, where funding is available.

Contacts:
pip@singforyourlife.co.uk Hampshire, Thames Valley
East Anglia
heather@activitiesforhealth.co.uk South West England
music2u@hotmail.co.uk North Wales & West Midlands
stuart@singforyourlife.org.uk All other areas

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