Melody for Me at Bridge Haven
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Music Department in collaboration with Bridge Haven Care Home.
Bridge Haven care home have recently been visited from students at the Simon Langton Grammar school in Canterbury to undertake a project called Melody for Me. The project involves students performing a wide range of music to residents, involving them in singing and activity games, whilst building important friendships and relationships.
Melody for Me was born from research by a Year 12 Simon Langton student, looking at a USA project, which used music to restore memory function in people with dementia. The student was so intrigued by this idea that he began to develop the idea for a similar scheme with his fellow students.
He secured funding for ten iPods, and then contacted Bridge Haven to see if they would be keen to take part in the project. Initially the students engaged in sociable conversation about the resident’s lives, past and present. From this, they designed a personal music playlist for each individual and uploaded it to an iPod for them to use on a regular basis. The hope is that the music will bring back specific positive memories from the resident’s past.
One of the most significant things that has come from the project, is the building of new friendships and bridging of generation gaps. The students have not only been encouraged to converse with older people, but they have also had to consider ways of getting to know someone with dementia. The students have become gained a new respect for the residents’, being mindful for the people that they once were, whilst adapting a style of communication that enables the residents to understand and respond.
Emily Renshaw-Kidd Director of Music, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys said ‘We are so excited by this collaboration with the staff and residents of Bridge Haven. We are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm, friendship and hospitality that the team show us, in particular Julie Westbury who has helped to make this project happen. It is my hope that our students will understand how, as they become the leaders of tomorrow, to use their intelligence for the greater good.'
For more information on Bridge Haven care home or to arrange a viewing please call Kim Drury, Home Manager on 01227 831607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.avantecare.org.uk