Music24

Music24 is a newly formed, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to offer quality music services to the residents of Luton. At present, our areas of work involve offering one-to-one and/or group sessions to people with Learning Disabilities (including Autism), Mental Health, Dementia, Head Injuries and more. We offer active and personalised music making sessions which promote positive and meaningful social experiences. We also supply a Music Therapy service.

Updated:
7 October 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Arts, Health, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Luton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Music24 will strive to contribute towards delivering Action 5 on the National Dementia Declaration - “I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood”.

Music24 is aiming to offer a music therapy service to a groups of people living with dementia and their carers in Luton. We have secured funding to continue our work that started in April 2014. The funding will also support the launch of two new groups this year: The Columbus Project - an exploration of music and sound; and The Young@Heart Cafe which is in partnership with St Jonh's Parish in Sundon Park. 

We aim to nurture new partnerships and help to encourage a resilient and resourceful community. 

 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We need to source and train suitable staff and volunteers to keep up with the demand for such a service. We will seek funding to explore the use of apprenticeships in our organisation. 

Member website

music24.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Reaching more people in Luton

    We've recieved funding now to extend our service to reach more people for another year. Our goal this year is to execute this well and share observations and knowledge with individuals and orgnatisations within Luton. 

    We'd like to create a training model that can be implented into different work settings for staff in day centres and care homes to show them how to offer meaning musical activites. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Offer a creative, therapeutic outlet for Early Diagnosis Dementia

    We want to offer a meaningful, therapeutic experience to people who have Early Diagnosis Dementia. A 3 month trial project will see a small group being given the opportunity to be of something worthwhile, whilst setting their own to goals to achieve during this time. This can be anything from writing or performing a song, sharing thoughts and feelings with other people who understand their situation and exploring this in a non-verbal way or just simply enjoying a new social experience.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Music24 has kept the group running through user contributions and their own fundraising efforts. We're going to apply for funding to evaluate our work. 

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This has been a fantatsic success and we have secured a further 3 months funding to continue our work. 

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New pilot music project commenced on Thursday 5th June and funded by Luton Borough Council. We're offering musical activities to people aged between 40-65 who are diagnosed with dementia. 

  • Offer carers an opportunity for respite during our sessions

    During our sessions, we’d like to offer carers the opportunity to have an hours respite. In turn, they may also wish to stay and enjoy the session, but it is entirely up to the carer and this time can be used as they wish. We’ve made a point of running our sessions in a central location in Luton Town centre, in order to allow carers to have the choice to run errands during this free time or they can just grab some down time and enjoy a coffee in the on-site cafe. To us, the carer’s well-being is just as important.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    This is an ongoing action for Music24. Carers still both attend our sessions or use the time as respite. They have the freedom to chosoe which is best for them when it suits them.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Carers of attendees at our sessions have access to an hours respite. For some carers it is something to be developed as we build trust with our clients, and others are more confident and feel safe in the environment we provide allowing them to maintain indepence within the comunity. 

    The music sessions can also encourage carers to join in on activities if desired, enabling a shared experience and keeping strong relationships with their loved one.

  • Set the groundwork for an ongoing research opportunity into how music can play a part in improving the lives of people who are affected by Dementia

    By the end of 2014, Music24 will have completed a pilot project based around the use of Music with Early Diagnosis Dementia & their Carers. We then hope to plan and raise funds for an ongoing research project. We aim to complete this research project within the next 3-5 years.  

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Music24 has completed a study funded by The Music Therapy Charity. The results will be published early next year. 

    2014 - First Quarter Update

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