THRIVE is an initiative designed to encourage musical creativity and wellbeing with and for people living with dementia and their carers (professional or unpaid/informal). There are four components:

  1. “Music Helps” – a 24 session staff training course designed to build confidence in staff delivery of music interventions and promote the value of such activities for themselves and their care charges.
  2. “Songsters Care” – 12 music sessions for the carers of people living with a dementia, designed to foster self-care, creative expression and resilience.
  3. “YO Songsters” – 22 inclusive group music sessions for people living with a young onset dementia, their carers and related care staff, offering access to creative outlets and transferable skills.
  4. “MWUK Tour” – virtual tour including 56 Kent based minstrel sessions and 16 UK-wide staff training sessions, sharing the best practice music model of creative care plans.

The programme, funded by Arts Council England, took place between April and December 2021. It was run by Musical Walkabout CIC, who commissioned Sidney De Haan Centre to conduct an evaluation, focusing on the first two components. This report is complete and will soon be available.

Website: https://www.musicalwalkabout.com/thrive

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