In memory of my father Terrence John Brabant
Herts Musical Memories was founded April 2017 in order to continue the important Singing for the Brain service originally provided by the Alzheimer’s Society. This service was due to be discontinued due to changes to Hertfordshire County Council funding. It seemed unthinkable to me, as an ex Singing for the Brain leader, that this service should no longer be available to people in Hertfordshire. I know, from personal experience, just how important singing and music is for people with dementia and their carers. My father had vascular dementia, and towards the end of his illness he could no longer speak - but we could still communicate though singing. The very last time I saw him he was very ill and in a lot of pain. I put on the radio and a song came on that we both recognised. As I joined in with the music, he lifted his head and we sang together. It is this ability to reconnect with music that makes our singing sessions so valuable for those who attend.
(Kerry Brabant founder of Herts Musical Memories)
At Herts Musical Memories we are committed to providing stimulating music sessions where families can share happy and moving moments together. We are a team of 5 professional group leaders, a part time admin/finance officer managing behind the scenes and a team of dedicated volunteers who help to make our sessions so special. We strive to ensure our sessions provide therapeutic musical activities for people with dementia and their carers in a fun and relaxed environment.