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Our ReConnect programme, which has been running since 2013, aims to improve patients’ and carers’ sense of wellbeing and quality of life, bringing people together through music to connect, communicate and enjoy spending time together. The programme provides a series of weekly music sessions in which dementia patients, together with visiting family members and care staff, are invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen.

We see a number of very positive benefits for patients, including notable positive changes to mood, reduction in stress and distress, decreased social isolation and reminiscence initiated through the music played and shared.

Occupational Therapist, Older People’s Mental Health Service, NHS Lothian


October - November 2023
Royal Edinburgh Hospital (in partnership with NHS Lothian)

Jan - May 24
Royal Edinburgh Hospital (in partnership with NHS Lothian)

For further details about the programme, please contact

Jane Bentley completed her PhD degree at Strathclyde University, focusing on musical relationship and interaction. She has worked musically in dementia care settings for over 15 years. Alongside her freelance career as a musician, consultant and trainer, she works part-time for the National Health Service in Scotland as a musician in mental health occupational therapy services, focusing on older adults. In 2015 she was awarded a Churchill travelling fellowship, to study the role of music in the wellbeing of older adults in Asia, and visited Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Delivered in partnership with

NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh

Kindly supported by

The Morton Charitable Trust and the Gladys Jane Wightwick Charitable Trust

Our Creative Learning Partner

This project was made possible by the generous support of Baillie Gifford. Their sponsorship is enabling us to reach thousands of people in communities across Scotland.