Songs From Here

The Village Storytelling Centre together with partners Ceartas Advocacy and Acorn Shed Music embarked on a 2 year project in 2022/23, titled Songs From Here, aimed at people living with dementia and their carers in East Dunbartonshire. Through engagement in interactive storytelling and songwriting activities, participants were encouraged, supported and enabled to share stories, express themselves and talk about issues that are important to them. The sessions provided a fun way to remain socially connected, reduce isolation, and improve their sense of purpose and identity. The activities helped to reduce stress and benefit the health and wellbeing of both the carer and the person living with dementia. At the end of the project the new original songs created by participants based on their stories were be recorded and will be available digitally and on CD. The project came to a close with celebratory events for the wider communities.

The project was funded by Life Changes Trust Legacy Funding and The National Lottery Community Fund.