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Runwood Care Homes

Intergenerational Music Making:
Training at Runwood Care Homes

During April 2022, Intergenerational Music Making delivered training sessions for staff members at Runwood Care Homes. Workshops took place in Nottingham and Essex and engaged with 75 care staff.

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Aims Of The Training

Provide staff with practical tools and skills to adapt into the day-to-day environment and bring music into all homes

Boost confidence around implementation and sharing musical ideas across teams while understanding the impact of music on supporting residents in living well

Show evidence behind why we use music particular for those living with dementia

Encourage staff to build a musical toolkit to use in day to day care

Aims Of The Challenge

  • Creating songs collectively can enhance sense of belonging and empathy, amongst other benefits

  • Songwriting is a great tool to stimulate self-expression, communications skills and stress relief

  • Care staff can use music and song writing to support their residents and themselves


The team from Loganberry Lodge in Colchester, Essex were the winners of the challenge!

The Challenge

At the end of the sessions staff members were invited to take what they had learnt and
developed and put it into practice by working with their residents to complete a song-
writing challenge using the song My Favourite Things.

Emily Abbott, Project Director, Together with Music said:

“It is incredible to see how Runwood Homes have adopted music as a key part of how they care for their residents. The staff members were full of enthusiasm and passion, exploring and developing new ways to use music! The song writing submissions were amazing and another example of how care staff continue to work to support residents and create a wonderful environment for everyone to thrive.”

“It’s all about their quality of life and I feel like we can actually help them with that now.”

“Now I’ve got the tools to know how to put things in place.”

“It’s all about their quality of life and I feel like we can actually help them with that now.”

“Our home has really benefited from being connected through TwM.”

Care Staff that participated in the training

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