Making Musical Bridges, Intergenerational Music Making

Project Category: Community Interest CompanyProject Tags: Children & young people, Education and Older People

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    Formed in 2018, local Community Interest Company, Intergenerational Music Making (IMM) is providing a hugely beneficial service to young and old by bringing together generations in their local communities through intergenerational music projects in the Surrey area and beyond.

    At IMM we are aware that we live in a society where age segregation is on the rise. Research by the Intergenerational Foundation has found that only 5% of older people in England and Wales now live near someone under 18whereas 15% did so 25 years ago. So the idea of intergenerational care where children and older people come together to sing, play or just chat seems to have much to recommend it.

    We offer various services including interactive and educational intergenerational music programmes for children and the elderly by bringing local communities together, training and music workshops and performances.

    Each carefully designed project brings together at least two or three different age groups who might not normally come into regular contact, with focus on fun musical interaction. We are incredibly passionate about what we do and are seeing huge benefits in sharing music across the generations. We are meeting local agendas as well as national ones.

    Some recent feedback includes:

    “It is always so important to bring generations together and the Intergenerational Music Making projects sound like a fantastic way of doing so.”

    The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Member of Parliament for Guildford, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

    “Intergenerational Music Making seems like an amazing initiative and we were delighted to learn about it.”

    Hortense Humeau, Project Assistant, Jo Cox Foundation

    “Half the time I don’t know if I’m coming or going but when I’m here with the children in the music I know I’m supposed to be here and I know where I am.”

    Annie, care home resident with dementia

    “The sessions were MIND BLOWING!!! I loved visiting the elderly each week and especially after the music when we sat and talked with them whilst having some juice and a biscuit.”

    Year 7 Student

    “There’s something about having children on site which makes residents feel more human and gives them permission to care about others. It boosts their confidence and feeling of self-worth, when I tell them the children are coming their faces light up.”

    Maria, The Beeches Activity Co-ordinator

    We were recently shortlisted in the Guardian Mental Health Awards for Innovative Practice – 2019 Advancing Healthcare Awards and our project “Making Musical Bridges” won an award in the Higher Education Independent Awards for student collaboration. To see one of sessions in action please click here. We have also been featured on the BBC news site in their education section and in the Daily Express.

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