Published: 2 August 2017 at 15:32
Together in Sound is new initiative run by Saffron Hall and Anglia Ruskin University
Following a successful pilot project earlier this year, Saffron Hall have teamed up with Anglia Ruskin University to launch a series of music therapy groups for people living with dementia and their carers.
Starting in October 2017 and running for ten weeks at the Salvation Army Hall in Saffron Walden, Together in Sound music therapy groups will bring the power of music to those living with dementia.
There will be opportunities to sing, play and listen to live music together, with weekly sessions led by music therapists from Anglia Ruskin University and visiting professional musicians from Saffron Hall. The free sessions will conclude with an informal sharing and celebration with friends and family toward the end of programme.
Saffron Hall is holding a taster session on Friday, 22 September at the Salvation Army Hall in Saffron Walden, for anyone interested in participating. The taster session is an opportunity to meet the Together in Sound team and decide together if the group is right for them.
Natalie Ellis, Director of Learning & Participation at Saffron Hall, said:
Claire Molyneux, Lecturer in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University and Registered Music Therapist for Together in Sound, said:
The taster session is only open to those living with dementia, and their carers, and numbers are limited. Saffron Hall expect the autumn groups to be oversubscribed, but will be running more groups in the spring.
Anyone interested in attending the taster session can access an information sheet and application form at: www.saffronhall.com/togetherinsound or by calling 01799 588545.
In addition to providing the first MA Music Therapy training in the UK, Anglia Ruskin University has become a world-leading centre for music therapy research, leading to the establishment of the Music for Health Research Centre in 2007. More information is available here.