Following our TV appeal on the ITV 6 o’clock news and a massive campaign to get people voting for us, we received the fantastic news that we have won the People’s Project. It is amazing that so many people have supported our bid, thank you to everyone who voted and helped spread the word. To celebrate one year of Drumming Together we went busking in Corn Square, Leominster (see photo above)
For this project we worked in partnership with A Different Beat, a local Community Group which has provided drumming workshops for many diverse groups across the West Midlands and Wales. A Different Beat is a Herefordshire-based community group set up in 2012. The group’s members are people who enjoy community drumming and who want to share the benefits of this music with people who are disadvantaged.
Drumming Together sessions were held at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford, Leominster Meeting Centre and Droitwich Meeting Centre. We are very pleased that the Courtyard has commissioned Beat It to continue providing sessions beyond the life of the grant. We are working with the Alzheimer's Society and local funders to find ways to continue Drumming Together in Leominster. We are launching a Wales branch of Drumming Together in May and planning to extend into the West Midlands during 2017. Follow our blog for regular updates.
For people who are living with dementia, being involved in a creative group activity reduces loneliness. Drumming together stimulates physical exercise, conversation and interactions between people and lots of laughter. Confidence is increased through learning and sharing new skills, and remembering forgotten skills.
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