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.

"the hours we spent together in the workshop allowed us to spend quality time together" RELATIVE OF PATIENT, 2019

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.

"it's really nice to see that they can have a smile on their face and it's not just the focus on the fact that they've got dementia" CARE TEAM MEMBER, 2019

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

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