Singing for the Brain provides a structured group session for older people with dementia who may wish to attend alone or with a carer. The service is designed around the principals of music therapy and singing and offers a chance to socialise and have fun in a safe and supported environment.
As the volunteer pianist for the Singing for the Brain group, you will play the accompaniment to the songs chosen by the Singing for the Brain leader.
Other duties may include:
- Helping to set out the room
- Putting out signs, society materials and songbooks
- Welcoming and chatting with people with dementia and their carers
- Supporting the singing for the brain leader by joining in songs and encouraging participation
- Making and handing out teas and coffees, collecting in and washing up
- Tidying up the room after the session and putting away the tables and chairs
The role will suit you if you
- Can play the piano to a reasonable standard, sufficient to be able to accompany well-known, popular songs
- Have good verbal communication skills
- Are happy being part of a team of volunteers and staff
- Have some understanding of dementia and its impact on people
- Are willing to help out where needed in the group and help ensure those who attend have an enjoyable time
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