Singing for memories

This event is in an acute hospital setting involving patients from the wards, some of which who are bed bound but this does not exclude them from the group. We take any patient who wishes to attend with/without their carer. Some of our patients are at quite an advanced stage but we still see positive experiences no matter how small they are. Some of our patients just enjoy the company and eating tea and cake.

The group has also been of benefit to the staff as they have seen positive changes in the patients they care for, often seeing the patients differently.

The group has attracted lots of attention from different staff groups including members of the trust board, therapists and domestic and security staff. We are looking to increase from once weekly to twice weekly.

We also do light exercise during the singing using soft play balls and scarves.

The group was initially supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is now run by Caroline Ashton-Gough, weekly either in work time or her own time supported by a member of the hospital ration team.

They also open up the invitation to people with dementia not in hospital if they have a carer with them, or if the person is known to staff then they also take care of them while the carer has a short break.

  • Lowers anxiety
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Lowers agitation
  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Involves carers
  • Enhancing spiritual activity
  • Self expression
  • Creative expression and stimulation
  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Motivation
  • Physical engagement
  • Social connections – supporting relationships
  • Facilitating communication
  • Pleasure and enjoyment
  • Post diagnosis – early years
  • Post diagnosis – later years
  • End of life
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled access
  • Free Wifi
  • Hearing Loop System


Singing Group




14:15 to 15:45






Caroline Ashton-Gough


07747044806/02279 278233



Princess Alexandra hospital hamster Road Harlow
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