‘Music is a fantastic therapy’ - Man opens three clubs for people with dementia
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A support worker is launching three brand new sound-based support groups for people with dementia and learning difficulties.
Music can vastly improve the ability of people with dementia to recall memories, speak and move.
Tim Boardman, a cashier at Morrisons, is launching three new clubs after more than 65 years of supporting people with needs.
"Music is a fantastic alternative therapy to those that receive day to day from specialist service providers and could assist them," he said.
"So I'm starting a music club for people with dementia and other memory problems including head injuries, and learning difficulties, with their carers, family and friends."
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Mr Boardman closed two of his last clubs, which had ran weekly for three years.
"I was devastated but so passionate about music that I am not going to give up," he said.
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"Instead of just providing music to the general public, I need to provide it to those people who are genuine music lovers, [who] enjoy it, appreciate it, need it, and who will benefit."
Having previously worked in social care and support work, Mr Broadman said he wanted to put his skills back to good use.
Starting on Friday, January 17, the "I Remember When" music club will run at the Carlton Colville community centre. It will be held on the third Friday of every month from 10.30am to 1.30pm and cost £5 for admission to support the club.
From 7pm until 11pm, the club will offer 'music respite therapy' for anyone who supports those with memory problems or a disability.
He is also launching a third monthly club at Morrisons in Pakefield, for everyone to enjoy music 50s to 80s music.
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"Between us both we would be offering twice the amount of support, events, and services to those that need it most," he said.
He added he is keen to work with anyone who wants to become a part of the projects, and those interested should get in touch.