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.
Music Mirrors will be one of the topics at:
Reminiscence Network East Conference
Good Sensations: Multi-sensory Approaches to Reminiscence
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Norwich Castle Museum
10am Arrival for tea and coffee
10.30-10.35am Welcome and Introduction by Mark Curteis, Chair of RNE
10.35-11.35am Capturing the Sound of Memories, Heather Edwards, Music Mirrors
11.35-11.55am Memories in the Community: Stories of My Life, Emma Cook, Project Officer
12.15-12.40pm The West Suffolk Hospital Forget-me-not Memory Walk, Maggie Woodhouse, Dementia Trainer
12.40-1pm In the Mix- Recipes for Creative Engagement; artists working with care staff, and residents, Sonja Zelic Epping Forest District Council and Helen Morse Palmer, Artist.
2.00-2.45pm Moving Memories-developing cinema themed reminiscence sessions, Guy Martin and Angela Bishop for Cinema City
2.45-3.10pm Reminiscing within a Dementia Friendly Library Service, Caroline Varney –Bowers, Ben Miller and Alison Rainton, Norfolk Libraries
3.10-3.30pm AGM for Reminiscence Network East
3.30-3.45pm Network business, the RNE blog and contributions from the room
3.45pm A chance to visit the museum
Hello, my name is Ben Attenborough and I’ve created this website in collaboration with Heather Edwards and the Come Singing team.
Heather asked me to write a few words about the direction of the website that this funding will enable.
My plan is to introduce a system whereby users can create profiles for different people (including themselves) which different memories can be attached to.
The ultimate idea is that users can than share these profiles with a carer who would then have access to the memories as well as a bit of information about the patient they are caring for. Of course it will be up to the user who they share information with and some thought will need to go into how to ‘vet’ carers.
Of course for many users this service will remain just as a way for them to store memories and will not be used by a carer. However these users may still want to share the information with other family members.
We are also looking to upgrade the site hosting. This is a bit technically but it should make the site quicker to ‘load up’ as well as keeping backups of the data to minimise the risk of the site losing information.