A statement from the Music for Dementia team, in response to COVID-19.
We are all living through unprecedented and challenging times. We want to be as responsive and helpful as we can be and are currently working with our partners and national charities to establish what we can do.
It is so important that we remain kind, strong, resilient and come together to help those most in need and it is essential we all follow the core public heath advice.
We are also acutely aware how self-isolation can compound feelings of anxiety, fear and loneliness and it is important we stay connected and in touch as much as possible. We need to make the most of the resources and technology we have on offer.
Along with many others, we were moved and touched to witness people across Italy, singing together from their balconies, in an effort to keep up morale during the coronavirus quarantine. The tremendous acts of kindness shown by communities all across the UK, and the dedication and care from our health and social-care workforces are constant sources of strength and light.
In these times of social distancing we think it’s really important that we try and incorporate music into our own and our loved one’s lives; to help us all feel that little bit better.
We have compiled a quick list of some ideas and suggestions as to how you can achieve this. Click here to download our A Musical Guide for people with dementia and their carers during Covid-19
These activities can be done at home or in a care setting. If the person living with dementia is on their own you could join in on some of these activities with them by using a phone, Skype, FaceTime etc. Over the coming weeks we will develop more resources to help you during this period.*
Great people doing amazing things
We also wanted to give a big shout out to all the brilliant charities out there and our musical mappers who are also thinking creatively about how to give people living with dementia access to the music they need when in isolation. We’d love to hear your stories so we can share them across our networks so please get in touch – [email protected]– or tag us in on any social media so we can share your brilliants stories:
Utley Foundation and M4D Funding Statement on Covid-19
We know that funding for your vital services might take a hit at this time, and we are aware of how much the current situation is impacting the charity sector. If you are a current grantee of ours and need additional support, or want to talk about your situation please email [email protected]
If you are worried about your funding during this time, we would recommend you keep an eye on the London Funders website, where a new emergency support fund for charities in and around London has been announced (more details to follow on their website).
If you are based outside of London, we would recommend contacting the National Emergencies Fund who have launched a fundraising appeal for charities delivering vital services to the older UK population. The NET distribute their funding via chosen charity partners and community funds, so please keep an eye on your local community fund’s website and the NET website.
- Age of Creativity – Creative ideas for self-isolation
- Anxiety UK
- Dementia and coronavirus: Eight ways you can help someone with the condition stay safe
- Coronavirus: More than 70 funders pledge to be more flexible amid outbreak
- Coronavirus resources for practitioners and organisations
- Coronavirus: What charities need to know
- Help Musicians
- Musicians’ Union
- Music Managers Forum
- National Activity Providers Association – Free web-based activity resources
- One Dance UK
- UK Music
*We will keep adding to this list as new ideas are shared with us, so please do get in touch if you have any suggestions – [email protected]