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New map makes it easy to find dementia inclusive singing groups 

Thu, 20th Jul 2023

We have created an interactive map to show dementia inclusive singing groups around Scotland.

We have seen the network grow from a handful of members at its launch four years ago to more than 70 today, including more than 20 singing groups. The Network now includes groups from Shetland to the Borders, and is always ready to welcome more. 

Maisie Leddy, our Network co-ordinator said: 

“We’re really pleased to be launching our interactive Network Map, which displays the excellent singing activity offered across the country for people affected by dementia. Our Network is free and easy to join, and all members are invited to add their singing group to our Network Map, if they run one.  

“When adding their details to our Map, we ask every group to complete a simple self-assessment form. This helps us to ensure that every group on the map is working in a way that is inclusive for people living with dementia. We want the map to be a growing resource and a valuable tool for people living with dementia and their families and carers.” 

We aim to ensure that older people in Scotland have the opportunity to take part in creative activities, regardless of their circumstances.  The Network is a vital part of our programme, supporting choirs and singing groups nationally, and helping people living with dementia to find creative opportunities in their communities. 

In recent years documentary programmes – such as My Dementia Choir fronted by actor Vicki McClure – have demonstrated the enormous potential for connection, enjoyment and wellbeing that singing in a choir or group can bring to those living with dementia. 

Dementia UK says that listening to or participating in music – for example, by singing, dancing or playing instruments – can help people living with dementia develop and maintain relationships with others and improve their wellbeing. 

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