The Houghton Regis Singing Café is a weekly singing group focussed on the wellbeing of older adults who are isolated and those who have a diagnosis of early-mid stages of dementia. Participants are referred into the group by Social Prescribing Link Workers.
Initially planned as an in-person group, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the group being delivered predominantly online for 1 year. Weekly sessions were delivered via Zoom by Laura Spencer our Music Therapist, supported by the Singing Cafe Team from the Community Link Project at Houghton Regis Baptist Church.
Social prescribers were also in regular attendance, assisting those who have been prescribed to attend the group.
Due to the Singing Café being held online, some group members were unable to access sessions. For these individuals, a weekly phone call was put in place, providing a half hour weekly music therapy session.
The Singing Cafe has transformed her life - Family Member
88% of participants stated it was 'very beneficial'
63% strongly agreed that it made lockdown more manageable
69% rated the singing cafe as 'excellent'
14 out of 17 respondents reported that attending the groups enables them to socialise with others and when asked to describe anything they enjoy about the Singing Café, 10 people responded by saying they felt less alone.
I am really surprised at how well she engaged, even initiating dancing when she wasn’t able to follow the words. When I left, she was so full of excitement, she said what a way to start the day, singing and dancing! - Social Prescriber