THE GROUND-breaking Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre has received a funding boost to support a music scheme for the people it serves and their families.
The £2,500 cash grant has been awarded by the Co-Op to help those living with the condition bring back feelings, memories and abilities by inspiring them with their favourite tunes.
Recent research from NHS England last year revealed music can be a ‘vital tool’ in triggering memories for those with dementia.
It can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language and enhance quality of life.
The grant will help pay for everything from MP3 players to earphones with the aim of making living with dementia easier and happier.
The centre opened in 2015 and operates three days a week as a social club that offers expert support to people and families affected by dementia.
The centre currently supports 20 people with the illness and their families, with this number expected to rise before the end of the year.
Mike Watts, from the centre, said: “Listening to, and enjoying music, is a universal experience.
“This grant of £2,500 will help us to develop bespoke playlists for members of the Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre.”
Central England Co-operative store manager Dennis Brown said: “We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant for the fantastic work they do in the community.
“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”
The meeting centre was one of 24 good causes across 16 counties to share a payout of £42,000.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are allocated every three months to a wide range of applicants.
Visit https://communities.centralengland.coop/ for more on the scheme and how to apply for the next round of funding.