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Community drumming: shake, rattle and roll!

After an unpleasant break through illness, Beat It is now back on the road and taking on new projects as well as working on existing ones and looking to the future as the Big Lottery funded People’s Project grant is now in its last phase.

We are pleased to be involved in a new project run by The Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford, ‘Turn the Beat Around’. This project is working with two music practitioners in Herefordshire and aims to:
* allow older people the chance to improve their quality of life by taking part in activities that contribute towards their well-being
* help older people improve their independence by having direct access to arts and social activities.
This project is taking us into three settings, a day service, a care home and a supported living scheme. We have delivered the sessions at AgeUK’s Kington Court where one participant commented: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my morning again, it’s the way you make it fun. You get to know us and we understand a bit more each week. It would be nice to have more time’.

At a recent Drumming Together session a new member said he nearly didn’t come as the name put him off. He had visions of playing kit drums and being deafened. In the event he was most pleasantly surprised by the gentle warm-ups, brain exercises, fascinating instruments and the lovely warm social atmosphere of the group. Plus the fact that it was not too loud at all. His opinion was seconded by several other members. They said, ‘you should call it Shake Rattle and Roll’ So I’m thinking, perhaps I will change the name. Just had 1000 leaflets printed….

Another thing to think about, do I want to offer a dementia specific provision or a dementia friendly one? The latter would open the programme for more people who would enjoy and benefit from it. Food for thought.

 

 

 

Community drumming. Age UK, Dementia-friendly

Beat It at Kington Court

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