“Lyrics and Lunch,” a local group for those living with dementia and their Carers, was recently nominated for the Premier Radio “Love Britain and Ireland Awards”
Lyrics & Lunch Group were nominated in the category of Working with Older People and has won the award at the ceremony which took place on March 16th in Westminster. As a winning project they receive a £500 grant and a £1000 publicity package.
Jeanette Main, one of the leaders of the group, said; “When we announced that we had reached the final of these awards everyone clapped and cheered. It is a very popular group and has a really friendly atmosphere. Leaders and participants alike really enjoy being part of Lyrics and Lunch. It was very exciting for Peter Burrow and myself, as two of the group leaders, to go to London for the awards ceremony and absolutely amazing to find out that we had won! “
Lyrics and Lunch is a joint project by St Thomas Church Lancaster, where Jeanette is Third Age Coordinator and St Chad’s Church Skerton, which is where the group takes place. It consists of a singing time, where lots of old, familiar songs and a few new ones are enjoyed by everyone, accompanied by much laughter and banter. The other part of the meeting is sharing lunch together (home-made soup, sandwiches and cakes and fresh fruit followed by tea and coffee.) In addition to this there is a carers support group where people can chat, let off steam and share helpful tips and ideas.
A small group also goes into care homes to sing with residents. Jeanette says; “Music has been shown to be so helpful to people with dementia. They can often remember the words to songs they have known for years and it allows them to join in and feel part of a group. Carers tell us it is great for them too, to be able to do something together which they both enjoy. The firm friendships which are made between group members are very beneficial and help them feel they are not alone.”
In fact Lyrics and Lunch, which meets fortnightly on Tuesdays, has become so popular that it is bursting at the seams, so a new extension to the group will begin in April. Anyone who is interested is invited to an open afternoon on Tuesday 12th April at St Chad’s Church Hall on Torrisholme Road from 1.15-2.15 followed by tea and cake. You can contact Jeanette on [email protected] or 07486 985357 or see further details on www.st.tees.org.uk/lyricsandlunch