|Address||Alvingham Road Day Centre, Alvingham Road, Scunthorpe, South Humberside, DN16 2DP|
The Togetherness Dementia Choir in Scunthorpe provides a stimulating and fun activity for those people who have a diagnosis of dementia or who are having difficulties with their memory.
The research regarding the value of singing for people with dementia and memory problems is well documented, some people who have severe difficulties with memory and recall may be unable to converse verbally, however often retain the ability to sing familiar songs, and respond to music in such a way that stimulates all the senses.
The choir has been running for a year. There are approximately 30 regular members, with a repertoire of 70 songs across all genres from which members choose. It is not necessary to be able to sing, and no experience of singing in a group is required, everyone is welcome. Those with memory problems are often accompanied by their children and grandchildren, other family members, friends or carers for example.
The choir is supported by charitable funds from the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH). The choir was runner-up in the RDaSH Annual Trust Awards for the best patient experience and carer involvement initiative and was also nominated as a finalist in the national dementia friendly awards in London.
The idea of creating a choir was originally developed by Tracey Gouldthorp, a community psychiatric nurse. She now runs it in her own time with occupational therapist Janet Riggall.
The choir meets at 6pm every Thursday at the Community Hub on Alvingham Road in Scunthorpe.