Memory Notes Singing Group

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The Memory Notes is a community of singers affected by dementia: some are living with the condition, others in the group are carers and companions. Meeting weekly in Histon for singing, laughter, chat and refreshments.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • singing with others feels great;
  • meeting other people facing similar challenges provides support and reassurance;
  • getting out and about every week helps create a purposeful routine.

“I love singing with everyone. I look forward to Wednesdays.”

“My husband loved music and valued the opportunity to sing without the pressure of being part of a formal choir. At Memory Notes he felt safe and secure – he was amongst friends who understood and could be himself with no expectations.”

How to contact

Where to go

Saint Andrew’s Centre
School Hill
Histon
Cambridge
CB24 9JE

A quick look at a Memory Notes singing group:

 

What to expect

Held every week on a Wednesday between 11-12.30pm, The Memory Notes singing group is about building friendships through singing in a supportive, relaxed environment. The group is inclusive, flexible and friendly and is open to everyone’s changing needs and circumstances.

As you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a hot drink and you can take your time settling in or chatting with other group members. Everyone is given a big name badge and volunteers are on hand to make sure everyone feels welcome. The singing is led on alternate weeks  by Rowena Whitehead and Barbara Duckworth who will gather everyone in a circle for singing. We sing songs from lots of different styles and traditions, and choose a different theme each week. Most of the songs are well known, but for those that aren’t, song lyrics will be handed out or the leader will sing a line and then the group follows along. We welcome song suggestions from the group members and  you can join in as much or as little as you like. The emphasis is on fun, connection and inclusivity.

More information

This group is for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their carers or companions.

Before you join the group, it is recommended that you or your carer/companion talks to Alison about your specific needs over the telephone. You can email or call on the contact information provided. The group is very popular and often has a waiting list of people waiting to join.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets.

There is free car parking nearby either on a side street or in the Tesco car park.

 

Sessions can be paid for in cash on the day or you can pay online in advance.

If you’d like to join the group for a taster session, this is free.

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