Here’s today’s inspiring stories from members
The Tomforte Community Choir – Belong Morris Feinmann
Formed in January 2023, The Tomforte Community Choir has been singing their hearts out for Hanukkah and Christmas with a special performance at their home, Belong Morris Feinmann in Didsbury, south Manchester.
The shining moment commemorating the Jewish Festival of Light saw the choir members – many of whom live with dementia – come together after months of practice under the tuition of Manchester choirmaster, Dan McDwyer, to share their hard work with their families and friends
Earlier this year, the group sang for His Majesty The King’s Coronation as part of the village’s celebrations and thanks to its success, their weekly meet-ups now continue indefinitely.
Angela Luckett, experience and cultural coordinator at Belong Morris Feinmann, said: “I think our customers are the most engaged I’ve ever seen. Many may not recall the previous week’s rehearsal but when they come, everything just clicks; they remember what we’re doing, the words and the melodies. Thanks to our new best friend, Dan, dementia leaves the room for an hour – it’s remarkable.”
This year, dementia specialist Belong officially opened its first intergenerational care village, with a fully integrated children’s nursery creating extensive opportunities for experiences between older and younger people as they live and learn together, under the same roof.
Operated by national charity Ready Generations, The Nursery in Belong children spend much time with Belong’s residents and tenants, enjoying shared mealtimes, stories, arts and crafts, exercise, and excursions such as ‘prambles’ – rambling with pushchairs around the city centre. The newly launched intergenerational village choir, Sankofa Songsters, is also making its mark with its first public performance for Christmas at a local church.
Gary thanks Glastonbury Care Home colleagues for saving his life at Brunelcare
Gary Smith, who is part of the team at our Glastonbury care home, has thanked colleagues who helped save his life after he suffered a heart attack while at work. Facilities Manager Gary collapsed last month and had five further cardiac arrests while being taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Read the full story here.