Discover the Joy of Singing with String of Hearts

Are you looking for a vibrant and welcoming singing group? Look no further! Co-Directors Lucy Geddes and Amina Hussain bring over 20 years of experience in music-making across

Are you looking for a vibrant and welcoming singing group

Look no further! Co-Directors Lucy Geddes and Amina Hussain bring over 20 years of experience in music-making across the North West and internationally. Their impressive backgrounds include collaborations with community groups, orchestras, and health & social care partners. Amina, a music therapist and Principal Flute at Manchester Camerata orchestra, and Lucy, a researcher on music-making for dementia at the University of Manchester, have even trained professional musicians in Japan and Taiwan. Both residing in Trafford, Lucy and Amina are passionate about connecting local residents through the joy of music-making.

String of Hearts is dedicated to reducing isolation and improving wellbeing among older adults through music. Their activities range from group music sessions and phone calls to recordings and showcase events, all highlighting community creativity. Participants are encouraged to express themselves through improvised music-making, sharing stories and ideas in a safe space. No musical experience is needed to join!

Recently, Home Instead Altrincham Sale and Wythenshawe, attended one of String of Hearts’ groups at Brooklands Church of the Nazarene, thanks to a transportation grant supported by Home Instead Charities. A special thank you to Lucy Geddes, musicians Clive and Dean, and everyone who attended for making us feel so welcome! Alan Savage, owner of Home Instead Altrincham, Sale, and Wythenshawe, expressed his delight in supporting String of Hearts, emphasizing its importance to their mission.

In 2022, UK Music and Music for Dementia published a report showcasing how music can enhance the nation’s health and wellbeing. The report highlights how music can improve the lives of those dealing with dementia, depression, and other debilitating conditions, while also supporting health and social care services under pressure. By demonstrating the financial and health benefits of integrating music into care, the report presents ambitious yet achievable recommendations for positive change.

String of Hearts is proud to be part of the Power of Music consortium, a group implementing the recommendations from the 2022 Power of Music report. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of music for health and wellbeing, particularly for those living with conditions like dementia. Music projects play a key role in social prescribing, with link workers connecting people to beneficial groups and activities in their area and beyond.

Join String of Hearts and experience the transformative power of music. Connect with your community, make new friends, and improve your wellbeing through the universal language of music. Call 07392 154 743. Visit www.stringofhearts.co.uk or email [email protected]

Group watching a guitarist perform; in the foreground, lyrics on a notepad. Text: "The Power of Music. - Home Instead

Live well your way magazine Edition 9

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