On Thursday 8 June, the Hallé took part in a Dementia Awareness Training day in order to be classed as a Dementia Friendly organisation under an initiative developed by the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Hallé already has a dementia programme in partnership with Pendine Care Home, performing music and running educational workshops with residents and staff at their facility in Wrexham.
The Dementia Awareness Training involved a one hour session, in which both musicians and organisational staff in the orchestra participated. The aim of the training is to make more people in organisations across the UK aware of the issues of dementia and the ways in which they can help, in order to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Gill Drummond, Clinical Improvement Lead Nurse for Dementia and Older People at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), who led the sessions, said:
“The Halle do some fantastic work for people living with dementia.
We’re delighted to be able to offer the musicians and staff at the Halle Dementia Friends some training, so they can become a Dementia Friendly organisation.
Music can be a really powerful way of soothing, stimulating and bringing back memories for people living with dementia. GMMH is committed to delivering Dementia Friend Awareness sessions to key services and businesses across our patch.
By helping create dementia friendly communities we can help people living with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their communities.”
The Hallé’s Education Director Steve Pickett said:
“I am delighted after the huge successes of our award-winning dementia programme at Pendine Care Homes in Wrexham – now in its seventh year – that our whole organisation can become Dementia Friendly. This is so important for us all at the Hallé and we very much look forward to developing closer ties with GMMH so that in the future we can bring our music and experience in this sector to the region.”