As part of Dementia Action Week, www.healthawareness.co.uk/dementia is launching its 2019 Understanding Dementia campaign with a special dementia supplement in The Guardian. Making a Music Mirror is one very simple, cost-free thing that any one of us can do to help someone who is vulnerable, whether through dementia, illness or adversity of any kind. Read more about this and other helpful cost-free initiatives in: https://www.healthawareness.co.uk/dementia/how-music-and-singing-can-support-people-with-dementia/
We’re delighted to highlight Saskia Harper’s article in Enable, the UK’s leading disability and lifestyle magazine. Available online: http://enablemagazine.co.uk/
15 May, 2019 – Making memories with Music Mirrors. The article coincides very helpfully with Dementia Action Week, but don’t forget that a Music Mirror can be useful for any one of us when we are vulnerable through illness or adversity. Make your own now, and help someone else to capture sounds of their most positive memories and associations.
We are thrilled and grateful to announce that Music Mirrors has been awarded a generous grant by Norfolk Community Foundation from the Royal London Community Foundation.
The support, and guidance of Norfolk Community Foundation have underpinned so much of what we have achieved from tiny beginnings. This present funding will enable us to go much further in our existing work of raising awareness of how Music Mirrors, so easily made, can make a real difference to vulnerable people. We could not be more grateful to them and to the Royal London.
A Music Mirrors workshop training will be held on Wednesday 26th September, 9.30 -12.00 in central Norwich.
An opportunity to understand better how capturing life stories in sound and music can help vulnerable people, with practical experience in making Music Mirrors.
There is no charge. Please contact 01603 452404 for details.
We are delighted that a four year intervention study of Music Mirrors has begun at the Zentrum für Gerontologie of Zürich University, led by Dr. Sandra Oppikofer with Susanne Nieke and Dr. Gabriela Hofstetter. The study will run from 2017-2021. Further information can be found on the website: http://www.zfg.uzh.ch/de/projekt/Musikspiegel.html.
Music Mirrors have been shortlisted for the Guardian Award for innovation in mental health services in this year’s Advancing Healthcare awards! The judging panels meet on 14 February, and the final outcome will be known on 31 March. We are delighted at this opportunity to present and explain more about Music Mirrors and for the chance to see other exciting projects!
Earlier this year the Health Innovation Network (HIN); the Academic Health Science Network for South London, led a project to promote Music Mirrors across South London. This week they published their report on the work, with resources and a short information film to support families and carers in making and storing Music Mirrors,
You can access the report and film via the links below:
We are very grateful to HIN for their support, guidance and generosity, and to all those who participated. Their thoughtful feedback led to development of the extra resources making Music Mirrors even easier to make and use. Thank you!
At this year’s UK Dementia Congress we will be presenting a poster outlining a Music Mirrors training project earlier this year done in partnership with the Health Innovation Network (HIN) the the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London. We are very grateful to HIN for their generosity and guidance in helping to spread awareness
Compassion and kindness change our lives. But they can do even more if we also feel known and valued – when someone who cares knows just the right words to say or shares a memory to make us smile. It’s the same for all of us. But illness or circumstance can sometimes make it hard for us to speak for ourselves. This is when having a toolkit of our own special words, sounds or music can help to create understanding and bonds with those around us.
Please do think now of making Music Mirrors with family, friends, neighbours and others in your community. Start before they’re needed – it could make such a difference in the future.