A group of sector leaders passionate about using music to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable and older people are supporting care settings to plan singing into their Christmas 2020 activities.
The collaborative group has published a leaflet which draws together current guidance, research, and safe practice consideration and resources to help keep singing and music going.
This includes ‘suggested principles of safer singing’, published on Friday by Public Health England.
The group is led by the Musical Care Taskforce, co-convened by Music for Dementia and Live Music now, working in partnership with National Care Forum, National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and Care England.
Vic Rayner, executive director, National Care Forum, said: “At NCF we think that music is absolutely at the heart of great care. Being able to sing together brings communities together -and never has it been more important to have that sense of connection. We hope that this resource will support organisations to once more raise the rafters as they begin that all important countdown to Christmas.”
The resource, titled ‘Keeping singing in tune with COVID-19 restrictions’, is set to help carers and care providers decide whether and how to lead singing and music activities over the Christmas period and beyond, as well as setting out steps in planning and risk assessing a session.
The leaflet highlights why singing is important, especially during current times, and stresses that it’s not about how well you can do it, it’s about having a go, joining in and having fun.
Grace Meadows, programme director for Music for Dementia, said: “Christmas and singing are synonymous, and we want everyone – carers and service users alike – to be able to experience that uplifting feeling of joining in with familiar festive songs and carols in a COVID-safe way.”
Nina Swann, acting executive director at Live Music Now, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting music and care professionals to work together to keep person-centred, meaningful music going in the current challenging and difficult circumstances.”