Sunbeams Music Trust – ‘Music for Health and Wellbeing in Copeland’

Sunbeams Chief Executive, Annie Mawson – who was brought up near Cleator Moor – was absolutely delighted when the organization secured funding from the Copeland Community Fund in February 2011 to cover a 3 year period. The project ‘Music for Health and Wellbeing in Copeland’ was driven by demand from, and in consultation with the care homes and day centres in Copeland. Skilled Sunbeams Community Musician Mary Kipling has already delivered over 300 innovative, interactive Music for Health workshops since the project began to 180 elderly frail people and 20 physically disabled people from 8 Care Homes and 2 Day Centres in Copeland.

Annie explained, “At Sunbeams we are passionate about the people marginalised by disability and/or isolation, and the need for the innovative Sunbeams team to serve them with projects such as this. Support is provided at all sessions by Sunbeams volunteers and all the Sunbeams staff and trustees fully understand the value that our projects add to the community, with most of our members having experienced the care system first hand with their own families. Our workshops are focused around interactive live music and singing, drawing on a large range of different musical interventions, making use of instrument playing (including percussion), dancing (including carers), listening and appreciation of the music, all of which improve the quality of life and well-being of our beneficiaries, as well as addressing issues with social exclusion.”

She added, “Without the funds provided from the Copeland Community Fund, we would not be able to reach those most vulnerable in our society. At Sunbeams we believe that humanity is judged by its compassion – and Copeland has shown that it values its elderly and disabled citizens. We are most grateful for the grant award.”


Outputs

• 156 innovative and interactive Music for Health Workshops per annum in 8 care homes and 2 Day Care Centres in Copeland
• The Project aims to improve the quality of life, social-inclusion and dignity of 180 elderly disabled residents and 20 physically disabled people in Copeland over 3 years from March 2011.


Outcomes

– Improve memory and reminiscence in those suffering from dementia and cognitive impairment
– Improve general mood of clients including reduced depression
– Improve self-esteem and feelings of self-worth
– Improve relationships between clients and carers, allowing carers and family members to ‘be’ with residents on an even footing, being involved and communicating with each other through the shared experiences of music-making
– Physical improvements in clients flexibility, breathing and mobility through the use of limbs in dancing, instrument playing and breathing deeply for singing.
– A feeling/sense of belonging being formed within the homes – a sense of ‘togetherness’ and a chance to enjoy the music together and forget about the more difficult aspects of their illnesses and diseases for a while.


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