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Turtle Key Arts

Improving wellbeing and creativity for people with dementia through songwriting and inter-generational engagement

What we do

Turtle Key Arts advances participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people. Its Turtle Song programme enables people with dementia to write and compose songs and to perform with professional musicians and composers in a collaboration between English Touring Opera and the Royal College of Music. It has been running around the country for nine years in partnership with organisations including universities and cultural venues.

Turtle Song works primarily with people who are not yet in the care system and who often have little community support after diagnosis. Some projects are also tailored to early onset dementia. Rather than using music as social activity or therapy, Turtle Song presents a creatively challenging framework introducing drama, lyric writing and composition, and restores the participants’ sense of identity and self-belief.

A substantial body of international academic work, including some recent studies, backs up feedback about positive impact. Exploratory biological work includes reports that levels of the hormones significant in stimulating memory and social bonding are raised during singing.

I found the whole morning truly inspiring and to see people living with dementia ‘come alive’ and integrate with the younger students was something to behold. It’s wonderful to see people feel valued and you could see the years drop off everyone as they contributed to a wonderful session.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisor

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Turtle Song is a singing and song-writing project for people with memory problems and all forms of dementia and for their carers. 

We are delighted to be running the project at York University from Monday 16 January 2017 and at Chats Palace Arts Centre from Friday 20 January 2017. The sessions will be in the morning, 10.30am-12.15pm. They are both held in lovely and fully accessible places.

For more information & how to apply, please contact: charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk, 020 8964 506

We also have two projects ending before Christmas. We will be holding a sharing at The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JW at 3.30pm on Monday 28 November 2016, for “A Wander Through Waddesdon”, and on Tuesday 13 December 2016, the sharing for “A Day Like Today” will take place at the Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY at 11.30am. If you would like to attend please email imogen@turtlekeyarts.org.uk with the title of which sharing you would like to attend.

To read more about the project: http://www.turtlekeyarts.org.u...

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