Dementia Embracing Community Singing Groups (currently in Ambleside, Sedbergh and Silverdale and plans for new ones in other parts of Cumbria)

Our singing groups enable individuals with dementia to come together with those in their local communities to sing and have fun. While many activities are closed to people with dementia, singing has the power to reach them and put them on an equal footing with others again, even if only for that brief time.

The groups provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to attend together and get a huge boost through a shared activity, or alternatively carers may prefer to use the time for personal respite knowing that their loved one is safe and having a good time. The songs that the groups sing are chosen so that they resonate to the emotions of group members thereby improving their emotional well-being. Generally they are upbeat from the 50s and 60s and popular shows.

Click here to listen to a recording from our Ambleside Group produced by BBC Radio Cumbria, which highlights how beneficial our singing groups are.

£2.00 per session to cover cost of refreshments.

  • Ambleside Songsters takes place in Ambleside Library, Kelswick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ between 11 – 12.30 on Fridays (Does not run during August).
  • Sedbergh Songsters takes place at Gladstone House, Fell Close, Sedbergh, LA10 5AP between 10.30 – Noon on Monday’s during term time.
  • Silverdale Songsters takes place at St John’s Church Hall, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale, LA5 0RH between 10.30 – 11.30 on Fridays (Does not run during August).

If you are interested in setting up your own Dementia Embracing Singing Group in a different location, we have produced a guide to help. DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

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Dementia Embracing Community Come Dancing Groups (currently in Milnthorpe and Windermere with plans to set up groups in other parts of Cumbria)

Initially funded by the Heritage Lottery and now funded by Cumbria Community Foundation in Milnthorpe and The Kendal Dementia Action Alliance in Windermere, this project aims to recreate the atmosphere of 1950s and 60s dance halls.  Refreshments and chat are served up by Year 5 pupils from local schools.  

People can dance to their hearts content or just sit, watch and enjoy listening to the music.  It’s open to the whole community and Dignity in Dementia is present to support those with dementia, if required.   

Meets every other Thursday between 1.30 – 2.30 pm during term time at the Mhub in Milnthorpe

Meets every other Friday between  1.45 – 2.45 pm during term time at the Elleray Campus of Windermere School 

£2 per session.  

Please contact us for precise dates. 

Dementia Embracing Reflection and Rediscovery Poetry Group sessions (currently in Silverdale & Windermere with plans to set up groups in other parts of Cumbria)

Join us to listen to engaging poems, prose and stories and share the memories they evoke. Rediscover some literary gems from your past and unearth some new ones. Open to all including those with dementia and their family carers.

£2.00 per session. Contact us for times and venues.

Video of one of our Windermere participants reading ‘A Hand in the Bird’ by Roald Dahl:

‘A Different Tune’ our first Dementia Embracing Relaxed Community Music Group 

For anyone who has previously enjoyed playing an instrument and fancies meeting up with others to make music again, in a relaxed non-pressured environment.

The group is led by Jane Thedham and meets in Grange-over-Sands on Tuesday mornings during term-time between 10.30 – 11.45 am at the United Reformed Church Hall.   £2 per session  (Starts Tuesday 8th October 2019).

In the Pipe Line to pilot

  • Dementia Friendly walks around the Kendal area
  • A Quilt Making Sewing Group in Warton, 
  • A Gardening Group in Heversham 
  • Pop Up Cooking Sessions around Cumbria
  • A Pottery Group – initially in Kendal
  • Music Group in Keswick