Down Memory Lane is a social singing group which takes place every second Thursday of the month from 2pm – 4pm. Anyone with any form of dementia and their carers are welcome to come along for tea, biscuits and lots of chat, singing and laughter.
The purpose of each session is to:
- Help carers and those living with dementia to meet together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, where they are encouraged to engage with each other.
- Improve neurological pathways.
- Lift or prevent depression through using music that reassures, inspires, surprises, delights and can provide a challenge.
- Help families living with dementia have time out and enforce their right to feel part of a society which enjoys artistic and social stimulation.
- Encourage carers and those with dementia to be pro-active in networking with others.
We do this by setting up the room giving an area with small tables where people are served tea/coffee and biscuits at the start of the session.
Across from this area, we set out chairs in semi circles around where the musicians will stand so that everybody has a clear view of the leaders. Song books are provided, clearly printed, and pages are numbered. After the first cup of tea, people move across the hall to start singing. We have musicians who play along and Carol leads the singing which takes place for about 20 minutes. Then we have a break for another cuppa and more biscuits followed by 20 more minutes of song.
The songs are all familiar “oldies” and, if you get the urge to get up and dance, then that’s OK with us! Just come along on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm in the parish centre where you will receive a warm welcome.
Dementia Friendly Church
During 2017 we will be working towards becoming a dementia friendly church. We believe that it is important to enable people living with dementia to practice their Christian faith in a safe and friendly environment. To this end, we will be looking at how we can provide dementia friendly services which are a little shorter, use more visual aids and include well loved songs and hymns. We will be encouraging our staff, volunteers and church members to attend a Dementia Friends session to help us understand, welcome and support those in our community living with dementia who wish to come to church and worship, Watch this space for information on our progress.