February 2023 has seen the start of a new music therapy pilot project at Dolwen Care Home in Denbigh. The project is being delivered by music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins.

The Denbighshire care home will host the musical sessions every Monday, with the sessions taking place across 12 weeks, either in small groups or on an individual basis.

The sessions involve interactive and collaborative music making, where residents have the opportunity to sing, play instruments, listen, and even dance, if they wish.

Music therapy can support people with all kinds of conditions: from autism to dementia, learning difficulties to brain injuries, life-limiting illnesses to mental health issues, grief, and trauma.

Shaped by more than 60 years of practice, Nordoff and Robbins has a unique approach to music therapy. The charity’s trained music therapists aim to break through the barriers caused by life-limiting illness, disability, and social isolation.

Charlotte Bailey, Music Therapist at Nordoff and Robbins, said:

“I’m excited to be working with the residents of Dolwen Care Home. Through music therapy, we create a platform for people to express themselves and share a connection. Music can help ease anxiety and disorientation, unlock memories, reduce isolation and help people regain their sense of identity.”

Councillor Elen Heaton, Lead Member for Health and Social Care said:

“I’m glad we can offer this unique service to our Care Home residents. Music Therapy can help people with all kinds of conditions, and it is great that 12 weeks of sessions are now available.”