ReConnect

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ReConnect is a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia. This project provides a series of music sessions in which patients are invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen. Sessions are delivered by a specialist workshop leader and two SCO musicians and involve dementia patients, visiting family members and NHS staff.

"I KNOW MY PARTNER ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH AND MADE HIM SMILE AND THAT MAKES ME SMILE." RELATIVE OF PATIENT, 2017

ReConnect is delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The workshops aim to put the patients at the heart of the musical experience  and include a range of interactive music activities, including performances of stylistically varied music and songs, and the creation of improvised pieces that draw upon patients' mood or movements. The project aims to use live music to improve patients' sense of well-being and quality of life, to help improve the sense of well-being in all staff working within the ward, and to encourage the general use of music in the care setting.

"AS SOON AS THEY HEAR A SLIGHT BIT OF MUSIC, IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND YOU'LL SEE THINGS FROM THAT PERSON THAT YOU WOULD NEVER, EVER SEE ON A DAILY BASIS." CARE TEAM MEMBER, 2017

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The next series of ReConnect will begin in Edinburgh in October 2019.

To find out more, email connect@sco.org.uk.