Music24 strives to offer music-making opportunities to a wide spectrum of people in our community, however our groups are not open to the general public. People can access these services by referral only so please contact us to find out more. 


dementia


Minds in Motion, Luton

Our Dementia Support Service, Minds in Motion, was established in May 2014. It was initially set up to offer a dynamic creative outlet to adults with Young Onset Dementia, thereby supplementing Luton’s younger persons dementia services. Luton Borough Council seed funded Music24 for 6 months in order to set-up this group and it has grown from strength to strength ever since.

In the group we focus on singing songs and dancing, reminiscence and reflection, improvising (or jamming as we call it) using a variety of instruments both percussive and melodic, writing songs and, of course, having fun!

Minds in Motion is currently supported by The Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation's London Luton Airport Ltd. Fund and The Wixamtree Trust. 

Location: Luton Wellbeing Centre, Dumfires Street

We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session, per participant. 


The Columbus Project, Luton

The Columbus Project is an extension of our ‘Minds in Motion’ group here in Luton. This group offers a more exploratory experience of music by tapping into a more personal, cultural and spiritual journey. What we have discovered over the last two years is that people all gain in different ways through the music, be it social, emotional or spiritual.

The Columbus Project aims to provide an outlet for the more musically-curious participants, who might be eager to experience themselves in a different way within music. It focuses on making new music, reflection and relaxation – similar to meditative and spiritual exploration – and helps people discover themselves as creative beings.

The Columbus Project is currently supported by Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

Location: The Hat Factory Arts Centre

We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session, per participant. 


Watford Group, May 2017

Watford Group, May 2017

Hoddesdon Group, September 2017

Hoddesdon Group, September 2017

Musical Herts, Watford | Stevenage | Hoddesdon

The Musical Herts project is a new adventure for Music24, allowing us to branch out in to new realms and reach more people with our wonderful service for people living with dementia and their carers. 

Having received start-up funding from Hertfordshire County Council's Innovation Fund 2016, we have embarked upon creating three new support groups. The initial pilot has been a wonderful success and we are looking to continue this great work. 

Our Musical Herts groups currently run twice a month and are supported by Herts Community Foundation, The Barchester's Charitable Foundation & BLCF's London Luton Airport Ltd's Near Neighbours Fund. 

Locations: Watford - Pump House Theatre, Stevenage - Hampson Park Community Centre, Hoddesdon - Mayhem Functional Hall

Please find out more here about the groups and the times they meet. 


Older People, Inclduing Dementia


Christmas Tea Party 2016

Christmas Tea Party 2016

Young@Heart Café, Luton

The Young@Heart Café, launched in September 2016, is presented in partnership with St John’s and The Holy Family Parish and Home Instead. 

Come along for some tea and a slice of cake and enjoy the company of like-minded friends in the new group in St Johns Parish Centre, Sundon Park.

The group aims to reduce social isolation within the community, in particular for those that are living with dementia and their carers. Activities will include sing-a-long sessions, playing instruments, dancing, various arts and crafts, reflection and reminiscence. For more info, click here.

The group has funds from LBC's 'Your Say, Your Way' for the two previous years. 

Location: St John's Parish Centre, Sundon Park

Price: Voluntary Contributions accepted


Performance at Luton Dementia Conference 2016

Performance at Luton Dementia Conference 2016

Friends With Voices Choir, Luton

This choir is made up of three main music groups in Luton for people primarily diagnosed with Dementia and their carers. Music24, Young@Heart and Stopsley Singing Café have now had two public performances, including a fantastic performance at London Luton Airport in May for Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (DAW2017). 

The Choir has received a lot of local interest and coverage in the local papers and on BBC 3 Counties Radio. 

The alliance is pleased to join forces and work together to unite against dementia and prove that it is possible to live well after a diagnosis of dementia. These groups all work extremely hard to provide weekly activities that engage with people who are hard to reach and the groups proved a supportive community for their participants, including much-needed support for the carers. 

Location: Various

 


Mental Health


Mind our music.jpg

Mind Our Music, Luton

This is a group that was the product of Music24's programme, MusicFor The Mind (MFTM). This group is user-led and is provided to offer a much-needed creative outlet and a supportive network to adults living with a mental health condition. The group meets weekly on a Monday evening and is supported by Music24's staff, Ashley and Adam, as well as offering volunteer opportunities to participants who now feel ready to take on more responsibilities in the group to help service users find a stepping stone back into work. This project has been seed-funded using the money received from The Allen Lane Foundation. The team have secured funding since for £1224 from Luton BC's 'Your Say, Your Way' scheme. If you would like to support in any way, then please contact us here

Location: The Hat Factory Arts Centre

We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session, per participant. 


Notepad

The notepad, Bedford

This group has also grown from the use of a MFTM programme. This group is user-led and is provided to offer a much-needed creative outlet and supportive network to adults living with a mental health condition. The group meets weekly on a Tuesday evening and is supported by Music24's staff, Teela and Graeme, as well as offering volunteer opportunities to participants who now feel ready to take on more responsibilities in the group to help service users find a stepping stone back into work. This project has been seed-funded using the money received from The Harpur Trust and is now seeking additional funders. If you would like to support, then please contact us here

Location: Bedford Corn Exchange

We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session, per participant. 


learning disabilty


.jpg

First Note, Luton

First Note is an on-going success that was born way before Music24 was! In fact it’s the whole reason why Music24 exists today. Graeme approached Teela and Tom Laurence (LBC – New Horizons) to develop a new all-ability creative music group back in December 2010. Teela was already carrying out community music sessions at the Chaul End Centre in Luton and the initial members there created First Note. This was a real team effort and then in January 2011, First Note was born.

It continues to go from strength to strength and remain its independence. The members themselves govern the day-to-day running of the group and they have formed their own committee where they make the ‘big’ decisions that drive the group forward.

Music24 helps out by supplying community musicians and volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the sessions.

Activities include: Song-writing, rhythm workshops, singing familiar songs, performance, dancing, jamming and both vocal warm-ups and getting to know you exercises that focus on: vocal ability / breathing / control / articulation / diction.

Location: Hockwell Ring Community Centre

Price: £2.00 per session (Membership Available)


neuro-disability


Neuro-Choir, Leighton Buzzard

We have recently started a new choir specifically for people with communication difficulties. We will use singing to encourage more effective social interaction, improve communication or explore alternative ways to communicate through music, and build the confidence of the people attending, including offering support to carers. 

This choir is delivered in partnership with Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT), The Stroke Association, Parkinson's UK and The MS Society. Access is strictly by referral only. 

For further information, please contact Catherine Maclean on 01582 707651 or email Catherine.Maclean@eput.nhs.uk

This Choir is currently supported by The Whitbread Plc. Chairman's Fund, managed by Bedfrodshire & Luton Community Foundation; and also raised £325 from The Community Matters scheme in Waitrose in Leighton Buzzard. Thank you shoppers! 

Location: Community Room at Page's Park Station

We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session. 


Future Projects


New Opportunities?

Music24 offer a diverse range of activities as well as group or one-to-one music therapy.

Contact us to enquire about us providing a service to your organisation, making a new partnership to fill a gap in the services currently provided, or to enquire about private sessions. 

We have experience of working with the following clients groups: 

·      Learning disabilities – Mild / Moderate / Severe

·      Physical Disabilities – Restricted movement such as Muscular Dystrophy

·      Neuro-disability

·      Autism Spectrum Disorders

·      Deafblind

·      Mental Health Conditions– Acute / Recovery in the Community

·      Dementia – All forms, including Parkinson’s disease

·      Acquired Brain Injury / Stroke Recovery

·      End of Life

·      Other Life-limiting Conditions 


Past Projects


MFTM Logo.png

Music for the Mind, Luton  and Bedford

Music for the Mind (MFTM) is a new programme devised in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Meaningful Education CIC (ME). This pilot is aimed at engaging those who are most hard-to-reach and experiencing enduring mental health conditions. Referrals, made by ELFT, will come directly from the Acute Inpatient Units and from the Early Interventions Teams in Luton and Bedford.

Each project will establish a group using a co-production structure. The participants will drive and steer the direction of the group with the support of Music24 and ME. This will be in the form of group music therapy and one-to-one life-coaching (provided by ME) that will compliment an overall group goal that will be decided upon by the attendees. They can choose to work towards a main project that is seed-funded by Music24; this could include putting on a showcase, writing an album, doing a music video or some other project suggested by the participants.

The groups will be offered full support in project managing their chosen event/project and encouraged to take part in their own fundraising activities. The skills that we hope people will engage with are: money management, budgeting and negotiation, organisational skills and time-management, working together/team-building, creating an online presence through social media, working out solutions and improving confidence and motivation, to name a few. It is hoped that the groups will be established and survive beyond the initial 6 months of support and the participants develop new skills that can contribute to the future success to maintain a high level on community engagement for it to thrive and grow. 

MFTM Luton was funded by The Allen Lane Foundation and MFTM Bedford was funded by The Harpur Trust.


Our Funders

We would like to thank all our wonderful funders for all their faith and support so far, throughout the young life of Music24 and beyond. We wish to continue to work together to bring a brighter future for the people living in our communities. 

ht450logo-w640.png
HCF Logo
ashley_family_logo_21cm.jpg
Luton-Borough-Council-logo.jpg.png

Funding Schemes in stores near you:

We are pleased to say that we have been successful in a number of local supermarkets, as detailed below, to recite funding through their various in-store funding schemes. Please place your vote in store when doing your regular shop!

Date // Store // Location // Result (if known)

May 2017 - Waitrose in Leighton Buzzard. RESULTS: Music24 came joint-first and received £320 towards our Neuro-disability Choir in LB!

April 2017 - Asda in Watford. RESULTS: We received an amazing £200 from the community at Watford Asda for our Musical Herts project at the Pump House Theatre!

June 2017 - Asda in Dunstable. RESULTS: Mind Our Music, a group for adults with mental health conditions in Luton, received £200 towards the running costs of the project!

July 2017 - Tesco Stores across Luton. RESULTS: Music24 received an amazing £1,000 from the votes in Tesco stores around Luton, including Tesco Extra in Dunstable and Tesco Metro in Luton! Thank you to all who voted! This will support our Columbus Project, a music-making group for people living with dementia in Luton. 

October 2017 - Waitrose in Bedford. RESULTS: Music24 came 1st and won £386 for their mental health group in Bedford, called The Notepad! Wahoooo! We love you, Bedford! 

November 2017 - Asda in Luton. 

So this year, we have received over £2,000 from our local shopping outlets! That's super-amazing! thanks for all your votes and support! 

asda foundation.JPG
waitrose-community-matters.jpg