support older people with dementia and mental health issues through music therapy, interactive music sessions, and creative arts. In 2015, they were the recipients of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation Award in the Health and Wellbeing Category for their innovative approach and outstanding contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of residents within Northamptonshire.
The Foundation awarded a grant of £15,000 in 2016 to purchase a vehicle to transport restricted/isolated service users to activities, and to transport volunteers and musical equipment to health facilities, residential and care homes. The total cost of the vehicle was £16,500.
The vehicle has enabled Pink Rooster to boost their services and reach out further to service users located in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Service users are able to listen to live music, play various instruments, and dance (which provides benefits of basic physiotherapy activities). The results have shown reduction in isolation, stress and anxiety. Service user’s communication skills, recollection of past memories, and sleep patterns improved greatly. An overall sense of wellbeing has helped services users and their carers’ and families. The van has proven to be a great asset for future development and delivery of activities and projects.
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