Join Live Music Now, Oomph! Wellness, and Music for Dementia

hosted by the National Care Forum

Wednesday 5 May 12.00 – 1.00pm


The power of music and exercise is well documented as effective in improving mental health and wellbeing, reducing isolation and loneliness and bring joy to people living and working in care and support settings.

This webinar will highlight the importance of music and exercise and the science behind the ‘feel good’ feeling – providing comfort and relief, improving mood and thinking, maintaining or regaining mobility and independence

Douglas Noble, Director and Maz O’Connor, musician and LMN board member, the session will introduce Live Music Now Online Library of free pre-recorded live music concerts, and share with you how to bring musicians into your settings remotely and also in person.

Maz has led a very successful residency with a MHA, Bradbury Grange Care Home in Whitstable, working closely with the team and residents there to develop their musical care culture. Maz is a folk singer and will perform a a couple of lively uplifting songs for you to join in with.

Maz O’Connor is a musician and composer originally from Cumbria. She has released 3 albums, performed at festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival, and toured nationally and internationally. She began working for Live Music Now as a musician in 2014 and found it to be transformative to her own artistic practice, so is very happy to represent the important work of LMN as a trustee since 2020.

Douglas Noble is Strategic  Director: Wellbeing,  Live Music Now Douglas entered the arts in 2005 after a successful first career as an immigration, asylum and human rights solicitor.  He works nationally for Live Music Now as Strategic Director of Wellbeing. He is leading on a range of projects exploring the health and wellbeing outcomes of live music activities in health and adult social care settings, with national strategic partners from those sectors and academia, including partnering with Music for Dementia on the Musical Care Taskforce. He gives evidence to the APPG on Arts Health and Wellbeing, and is a member of the Royal Society of Public Health Arts and Health Special Interest Group. He was part of the team leading the Live Music In Care Study with the Centre for Arts As Wellbeing at the University of Winchester, Methodist Homes (MHA) and The Orders of St John Care Trust. He also works regularly with other arts organisations, including Drake Music, Music in Detention, Platforma and Music for Change. He has creative practice as a DJ, producer and radio show host.

LMN Online Library

Lead by Steve Gardener our Wellbeing Director this session will explore key principles of creating a balanced and varied programme, stimulating people mentally, physically and emotionally. We will do this in the form of a virtual tour through Oomph! on demand. An interactive experience that will be sure to get you moving. How varied is your wellbeing programme?


Steve is the Wellbeing Director at Oomph! Wellness, having been at the organisation for over 9 years. Beginning his career in exercise, a training course that he has developed has reached over 1.5 million participants to date – and counting! Now, he is focused on a holistic approach to wellbeing, developing programmes that provide mental, physical and emotional outcomes to all levels of ability. Steve, alongside his expert team, ensures that older adults across the UK can live a full life, for life. 


What music do you listen to when you want to feel good? Why does that music make you feel good and what story does it tell about you? What is actually happening from the moment of hearing the opening of a favourite uplifting to song to that feel good feeling taking over your body?

In this short feel good session, we’ll unpick some of the science behind that feel good feeling and think about how you can help to spread some feel good joy with music. Be prepared to share your feel good song and story.

Director of the Music for Dementia campaign, Grace will lead this session. Grace

has a life-long career in music, having initially trained as a professional bassoonist. For the last decade she has worked as a qualified music therapist in a variety of health, social care and educational settings with children and adults across the lifespan.

Her early campaign experience was developed at the Music Manifesto, and Sing Up, the national programme to reinstate singing in primary schools. A passionate voice for the power and value of music, Grace later worked for the British Association for Music Therapy, advocating for the inclusion of music and music therapy across health, social care and educational systems.

Grace is passionate about the value of music and culture to enhance and enrich lives, and the power of people and collaboration to create transformative impact and change.

Musical Dementia Pathway

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