Leading care home operator HC-One has announced it will fund Intergenerational Music Making’s (IMM) national music programme, Together with Music, for another three years.
Introduced through HC-One’s digital platform, Together with Music begins with the virtual exchange of a song, providing an opportunity for individuals to share stories, identity and culture through music. Throughout the pandemic the programme has connected isolated people – both those deemed clinically vulnerable, and therefore self-isolating, or living in shelter networks – with their local community groups such as schools and care homes.
To celebrate their partnership, Together with Music hosted a special nationwide event for HC-One homes this month.
A jam-packed hour of interactive music saw residents enjoy a live performance by Horsell Junior School in the South East of England, a ‘Name that Tune’ quiz with a 1960s and 1970s theme, and a lively singalong with The Beatles’ ‘All you need is love’ and Louis Armstrong’s iconic ‘What a wonderful world’.
Dr Chai Patel, Chair of the HC-One Foundation, said: “Together with Music is a very exciting project which demonstrates how valuable integrated community-led innovations are in supporting people to feel connected and well.
“While residents in HC-One homes have continued to receive consistent high-quality care and support, there is no denying that care homes everywhere have been separated from their wider communities as a result of COVID-19. Together with Music has not only made sure that care homes could continue to connect with their wider communities, but has encouraged new meaningful, intergenerational, connections which will outlast the effects of the pandemic.
“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with Together with Music for another three years, using music to bring kind care to more people in more locations across the UK.”