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Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain sessions in Kensington start on 16th May and run every Tuesday for 12 weeks (except 11th July) at St. Peter’s Church Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN (Opposite Stanley Gardens) from 3pm – 5pm.

People with dementia and their carers from Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea are welcome to come.

Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain.

For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact Alzheimer’s Society:
Tel: 020 7561 4820
Email: islington@alzheimers.org.uk


Emotional Wellbeing in Dementia

In partnership with the K&C and Westminster Memory Services, the Mother Tongue Counselling Service is inviting Arabic speaking adults with a diagnosis of dementia in Kensington & Chelsea, Paddington & Queen’s Park to an emotional well-being afternoon on Monday, 3 April, to help them connect and share in their own language.

Their carers, family members and friends are also welcome to come along on the day.

When: Monday, 3rd April 2017, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: K&C and Westminster Memory Service, Meeting room, 2nd floor, 42 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5PH

For registration or more details, contact Terezie : terezie.holmerova@arkhealth.co.uk or 07540 502 379


Music for the Moment

Concerts for people living with dementia and their friends and families 

Come to Music for the Moment – a delightful selection of songs from the musicals, on Friday March 10 2.30-4pm at St Marylebone Parish Church.

The Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Marylebone Girls’ School, Marylebone Church and Westminster Arts’ Resonate programme have joined forces to present a series of concerts for people living with dementia and their friends and carers.

Called Music for the Moment, these relaxed monthly concerts are generously offered by friendly students from the Royal Academy of Music and supported by pupils from Marylebone Girls’ School who serve refreshments and chat to the concert goers.

The concerts are mainly held at Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Rd NW1 5LT (the nearest tube is Baker Street).

The church is on the other side to Madame Tussauds and opposite the Royal Academy of Music – look up to see the gold statues on the roof! Buses 18, 27, 30, 205 and 453.

After the concert on March 10, the next two concerts are on Friday April 7 (Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street – behind Debenhams) and Friday May 5  (St Marylebone Parish Church).

Please join them at 2.30pm for tea and delicious cake, followed by the concert which is approximately 50 minutes long.

Contact Kathryn at Westminster Arts on 020 7321 27202 or kathryn@westminsterarts.org.uk for more info including dates of future concerts, and details of the programme nearer to the time.


Dementia Adviser’s update

Events and Things To Do in Westminster: February 2017

All of the following events and weekly sessions are designed for people with some memory loss or in the early stages of dementia, and their carers

Friday 3 February 2.30-4pm Music for the Moment concert at St Marylebone church. Free, no need to book, just turn up! Contact Kathryn on 020 7321 2702 for more info

Tuesday 14 Feb 1.30-3.30pm: Sporting Reminiscence Session at Lord’s, free to attend but booking is essential, to book call Yvonne on 0207 616 8589, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Grace Entrance, St. John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN.

Monday 20 February 11am – 12.30pm: In Mind session at Royal Academy of Arts Contact 020 7300 5839 or events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk Tea and conversation about art works at Burlington House, Piccadilly, £3 (free to RA Friends, carers & companions).

Wednesday February 22 2.30pm-4.30pm: Westminster Memory Café North: make a fridge magnet to stick your list to the fridge with Westminster Arts’ Resonate programme,  at 42 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5PH. Free, no need to book, just turn up. For info call Terezie on 07540 502379

Tuesday 28 Feb 3pm-4.30pm: Hymns and Pimms: come together to share friendship, singing and refreshment.  Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street W1K 2PA, no need to book, just turn up! Suggested donation £4, call 020 7499 1684 for more info

Mondays, weekly, 10.15 – 12.15pm: Dance for Dementia at Rambert, 99 Upper Ground (behind National Theatre): free hour’s dance session from 10.45 followed by refreshments. Wear loose clothing! For more info contact Katie on 020 8630 0615 or katie.mason@rambert.org.uk

Mondays, weekly, 11.30 – 12:30 Music therapy group at the Royal Albert Hall, door 3, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP. Open group, no need to register. For more info please contact Elaine McGregor on 07967 696891 or email elaine.mcgregor@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Thursdays, weekly, 2-4pm: Singing for the Mind, 28 St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 7HA. Regular singing event for people who are enrolled in the group.  For more info and to apply contact Mary Rossiter on 020 7286 5181 or sfm@ljs.org

List compiled by Kathryn Gilfoy, Westminster Arts’ Resonate programme 020 7321 2702, and  Westminster Dementia Adviser Terezie Holmerova 07540 502379

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Singing For The Brain

These sessions are for people with dementia and their carers.

Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain.

Anyone living with dementia or affected by it who is a resident in the boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea can attend.

When: Every Tuesday from 7 February 2017 for 12 weeks
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Where: Alzheimer’s Society, Hammersmith and Fulham, 49 Queen Caroline Street W6 9QH

For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact:
Tel: 020 8563 0001
Email: hammersmith-fulham@alzheimers.org.uk or marcia.pentney@alzheimers.org.uk

Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) Research Study

Do you have dementia or provide support to someone who does?

Maintaining both everyday and interesting pleasurable activities can be difficult for people with dementia as well as for those who support them.

Occupational therapists assist people to continue to participate in activities despite the difficulties that they might be experiencing.

Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID)* is a research study involving people with dementia, and the people who support them (a supporter could be a family member, friend or neighbour).

They are looking at the possible benefits of a programme of occupational therapy for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and those who regularly support them.

If you would like to find out more about the study you can download a booklet here.

To get involved, please contact:
t: 07896 202186
e: anum.farid@nhs.net

Please note: if Anum Farid is not available when you call, please leave a message. She will return your call as soon as possible.

*The Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme and is a partnership between
North East London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London, University of Sheffield, University of Hull, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, University of East Anglia, University of Manchester, Swansea University and Dementia UK. ISRCTN10748953