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Manchester Camerata

Manchester Camerata was formed in 1972, and is one of the UK’s top chamber orchestras. Alongside its programme of nearly 60 concerts each year, the orchestra’s award-winning Learning and Participation programme delivers life-changing work to over 10,000 people across the communities of the North West each year. The Learning and Participation programme provides projects for schools, older people in the community, young people out of school, and early years and families. Each programme places the participant at the centre of a creative experience, enabling them to lead and make changes to their life/experiences. Projects are most often developed with partner organisations and are evaluated through robust processes, including gathering participant feedback, quantitative and qualitative data. Increasingly for projects with a health focus, we are working with Health Professionals and Academic Researchers to create a body of evidence for the efficacy of our approach in the arts and health sphere.

17 June 2015
North West
Arts, Health, Other, Schools
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Oldham Dementia Action Alliance , Wigan 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?

Manchester Camerata will aim to deliver unique research led, creative music based projects for both people with dementia and their carers within community and care settings across the North West to: • Enhance quality of life for participants; people with dementia and their carers • Improve communication between people with dementia and carers • Re-evaluate care approaches for people with dementia Music in Mind is establishing an evidence base for Camerata’s approach. You can read more about the projects, the research and watch the films here: http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/

We will aim to make Manchester Camerata dementia friendly through workign with Manchester Dementia Action Alliance

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

As a registered charity sustained funding for these projects is a continual challenge. Ensuring our musicians have the essential skills to work on these projects is vital to the success of the activity and crucial to meeting our aims.

2. Actions

  • Working with care homes

    Manchester Camerata practitioners will be going into care homes and community settings over North and Central Manchester over the next year, delivering improvisatory group music making with groups of older people with dementia. As well as this we will be delivering creative activities in the Young Onset unit at Daisy Bank Road care home.

  • Dementia Friends

    Promote Dementia Friends to Camerata members

  • Manchester DAA

    Encourage partner organisations to join Manchester Dementia Action Alliance