The Trust, partnered with music technology company X-System; Northumbria University and the Calm Foundation, at the end of April to provide an online wellbeing music resource via the Trust’s Recovery College Online.
The online resource was so successful the Trust’s care Home Lead, Joanna Marshall, is now supporting the implementation of the scheme in care homes in County Durham, Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and beyond.
The online resource, combines science and technology to provide a catalogue of soothing and calming music and videos, to support people who may feel anxious during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Different playlists have been curated for care homes to assist with different challenges throughout the day such as ‘Wake up with The musicals’, ‘Get going with the Beatles’, ‘Lunchtime with Glenn Miller’, ‘Relax with Opera’ and ‘Good night with Doris Day’
The resource is led by Professor Nigel Osborne, composer and aid worker, who said: “When we first rolled the resource out, we talked to residents, carers and families to discover what music the residents enjoyed, and what music stimulated their memories. As partners we then created playlists to help the residents throughout the day – from waking up, getting dressed, getting washed and moving, mealtimes, sitting quietly and going to sleep.”
Commenting on the wellbeing innovation, TEWV’s trauma informed care lead, Angela Kennedy said: “Care homes have been going through an incredibly difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic and we wanted to do something that would support staff and residents. It was already running successfully elsewhere in the country so with our care home connections via Joanna Marshall we wanted to encourage local care homes to get involved.”
One of the 119 care homes to benefit from the live music event is The Oaks Care Home in Blyth, Northumberland. Angela Hedley, activities coordinator at the Care Home said: “We tuned in for the digital music event and the residents really enjoyed it. Their favourite part was the Northumbrian fiddle group. They sang at the top of their voices to Blaydon Races and Cushy Butterfield.”
Joanna Marshall reflected, “It was amazing to see some people up dancing and I am hopeful that we have a valuable resource for care homes.”
Since the launch over 20,000 people have accessed the Online Recovery College ‘Music for Wellbeing’ resource, and a series of independent ‘Wellbeing live – Connection through music’ sessions have also been delivered by Nigel Osborne, Chika Roberston, Paras Patel, Angela Kennedy and musicians in their own time.