Local organisation String of Hearts has been running online music-making sessions for older Trafford residents during lockdown. Inspired by people’s experiences of Covid-19, group members have collaborated on Zoom to create pieces of music which depict their collective stories and hopes for the future.
String of Hearts was established last year after conversations and consultations with local people. Their mission is to bring together older adults to connect and create music, tackling isolation and dismantling barriers that older adults face to accessing creativity in later life.
Professional musicians facilitate a range of music-making activities including singing, lyric writing and composing music, encouraging people to express themselves, make new connections and develop new skills.
String of Hearts activities are open to everyone regardless of skills, background or experience, and there is no pressure to be able to play an instrument or sing. Workshops focus on social time and building connections between local people from diverse backgrounds. Everyone who participates is involved in co-designing the content of the workshops and future plans by sharing their thoughts and ideas.
Group members have enjoyed taking part in workshops online due to Covid-19. They are looking forward to engaging with more older residents through music in the next few months, developing new connections and positivity about the future together.
Going forwards, String of Hearts group members aim to share their creations online to send messages of hope and encouragement to others who might be isolated or struggling at this time. Keep an eye out on String of Hearts’ twitter HERE for more details.
If you, or someone you know, would like to take part in free music-making workshops for older adults, please fill out your details on the String of Hearts website HERE
Local groups or organisations interested in connecting with String of Hearts can get in touch with Director Lucy Geddes: firstname.lastname@example.org
PT Comment: Janine virtually ‘met’ with Lucy today to find out more about this group, and came away feeling like many local residents have been helped and supported during lockdown by having these fortnightly sessions, as well as the 121 calls that Lucy advised they have also been doing. With many not having family locally, this was the only time they could spend meeting others, and having some fun, social time. It really made a difference to their mental health, as well as providing an avenue to ‘do’ something they enjoy with others. How fantastic is that?!
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