As you may know, a big part of the Inspire programme is working with people living with dementia. Dementia has touched the lives of so many people and is a topic that is particularly close to our heart at OHP. Part of this work is the Playlist for Life project where the team visit nursing homes and hospitals to help those at risk or suffering with dementia access memories through music and performance. This coming year, we will be reintroducing and expanding our Playlist for Life and would like to offer you the opportunity to get involved.
We would like to invite you to a free training workshop, from which you will become a certified ‘Playlister’ and can use the training in your personal lives with your family and friends and wherever possible, for our Playlist for Life scheme.
We are always looking to inspire and create new opportunities and openings for us to work with people and music. Playlist for Life is at the very centre of the Inspire programme. We would like to hold a few workshops to enable our audience to become more involved in this side of our work.
Whether you end up using this within your own family/friends or want to join some of the visits with the OHP Inspire team; at hospitals including the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital or Day Care Centres – talking to people about their musical memories in a way that the team at Playlist for Life has perfected, this would help us reach more people and have more effect with our Inspire work.
We are offering two training sessions:
Monday 4 December: 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday 5 December: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Opera Holland Park Offices, 37 Pembroke Road, London, W8 6PW
If you would like to attend either of the training workshops, please register your interest with the Friends Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 3846 6222, option 2 by Monday 27 November.
If you are interested in the project but are unable to attend the sessions above please do let us know as additional training may be available in 2018.
Note from James Clutton, our Director of Opera:
Dementia has touched the families of many of the Opera Holland Park team. Like many people who work in the charity sector, there is a personal connection somewhere along the line. Not necessarily to benefit people you know but once you or your family has experienced something, there is a bigger understanding of the true effects.
When I first read about Playlist for Life, it immediately touched a nerve. Like all truly great ideas, what their founder broadcaster Sally Magnusson had created seemed so obvious, so clear and so right. It was immediately recognisable as a great idea.
Since learning skills from Sally, their workshop leader Andy Lowndes – the Music Detective and the rest of the team at Playlist for Life, Opera Holland Park has worked with many people in London, helping memories through music and creating new memories with families experiencing music together.