March 16, 2017

Musica is calling for your vote to run a new project – The ‘Memories with Music’ project aims to embed music into the daily care routine provided by Somerset Care.

We are excited to announce that the Somerset-based ‘Memories with Music’ project, run by Musica and Somerset Care has been shortlisted for the Peoples Project!

The project is one of five groups competing in ITV’s West Country East for 50K of National lottery funding in the peoples projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20th March at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Musica is calling on the viewers’ support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Wednesday 22nd March at 6pm, a film based on the project will be broadcast on ITV’s regional evening news programme. We hope to use the funds to embed music into the daily care routine provided by Somerset Care. Musica will provide regular interactive music workshops for Somerset Care residents as well as their day centre users, and will train staff to use music on a daily basis within their setting. We know how powerful music can be, and we want to make it accessible to our residents, staff and visitors.

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

Speaking on the additional funding, project lead and Somerset Care Operations Manager, Sue Harvey said: “It would be absolutely wonderful to secure additional funding to continue our Memories with Music project with Musica. The impact the workshops have on our residents is overwhelming, and we would really like to offer this project up to older people living in the community. The additional funding would allow us to work with Musica to train our own staff in how to deliver the workshops, meaning that we can offer this on a regular basis alongside our varied activities programmes.”

Rosie Mead, Founder of Musica explained the link between music and memories: “there is a really strong link between music and personal memories, we know this from our own personal experiences, we may particularly remember songs associated with our teenage years, first love, holidays etc. Even for people with severe dementia, music can still bring back memories that may have been long forgotten.  In our previous project with Somerset Care, we saw residents who normally found it difficult to communicate, but were able to sing songs from start to finish, and sometimes would even sing on their own.”

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.

Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote. To support the Memories with Music campaign please visit: www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

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