Grant of the month - Pink Rooster

Published - Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Pink Rooster has been awarded £9,461.79 by Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the NCC Wellbeing fund.

The group deliver therapeutic interactive music sessions, and creative activities to groups living with dementia and other neurodegenerative disease and physically restrictive conditions to improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

The group will use their grant to continue their Care Home Dementia and Personalised Playlist project. The grant will also be used to fund their new Music for Sundowning project with an aim to support more than 400 beneficiaries over the lifetime of the grant.
Pink Rooster will deliver 20 interactive music sessions. Beneficiaries will be able to interact through the use of percussion instruments, singing and dancing. Music will also be used to address issues of social isolation enabling beneficiaries to engage with activities that are not normally provided within their daily care environment.

David Maxwell, CEO and project manager of Pink Rooster explained the project further;
“Our project is about improving the lives of people living with dementia and other mental and physical barriers through the use of live and pre-recorded music. People are able to interact with our live music sessions through the use of percussion instruments, singing, dancing or just listening helping to improve general health and wellbeing as well as having more specific benefits for both the beneficiaries and their carers/families.

Music can be a factor in helping older people to get regular exercise.  Our music sessions are designed so that beneficiaries can participate by using percussion instruments and are also encouraged by care home staff to dance or move to the rhythm of the music. By using the instruments, the beneficiaries are participating in mild physical activity.  Physical functions that have been lost due to lack of activity can be restored through an appropriate exercise program.”


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