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Dementia Friendly Carol Service

24 November 2015

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It will soon be the beginning of Advent, and preparations for celebrating Christmas begin.  For many people attending a carol service will be part of these celebrations, and this year in Middlesbrough there will be a special carol service for people living with dementia and their carers.

The Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 15th December 2pm at Holy Trinity Church North Ormesby. The invitation is for anyone living with dementia and their carers to enjoy singing carols, listening to familiar readings and words from the Christmas story, and an opportunity to pray for loved ones.  Everyone will also be invited to enjoy a festive tea with mince pies after the service, courtesy of sponsorship from Asda Community Foundation.

The idea for the Carol Service has grown out of the Singing for the Brain group that meets at the Trinity Centre in North Ormesby. The group is for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy an afternoon of music with favourite songs that bring back memories of times, places and people that are loved.

One of the key factors in living well with dementia is the understanding that, while short term memory is often affected and therefore someone with dementia may not remember the details of an activity, the ability to recall feelings is intact for much longer. Research has shown that even when some memories are hard to retrieve, music is one of the easier things to recall. Who hasn’t switched on the radio and had their spirits lifted by a favourite song, or been reminded of a loved one on hearing something they loved to dance to?

Christmas Carols are a significant part of that memory of music, being sung every year from early childhood, and connecting with happy memories of family and community celebrations. We hope that this special Carol Service will be a wonderful afternoon of celebration, memories and sharing together at this special time of year. To find out more please contact Maddy Fisher at the Trinity Centre 01642 286122 maddy.fisher@trinitycentre.org or Heather Black heather.black@trintiycentre.org