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m4d Radio’s first anniversary

Tune in to m4d Radio next week to celebrate the station’s first anniversary. Each day between 28 June and 3 July, you can enjoy fabulous playlists from a stellar line-up of celebs.

Former ‘Strictly’ judge Len Goodman, Coronation Street stars Shobna Gulati and Jennie McAlpine, broadcaster Dan Walker, and actresses Angela Lonsdale, Vicky McClure and Julie Hesmonhalgh have all contributed their favourite tunes and messages in support.

The special programmes can be heard each day on the Mix stream at 9am, 12 noon and 3pm via or Alexa.

M4d Radio was launched in June 2020 by Music for Dementia specifically for people living with dementia and their carers. A direct response to the cessation of live music performances and isolation due to the pandemic, it offers era-specific music 24/7 straight to people’s homes. It has won two care industry awards and multiple plaudits from listeners.

In addition to the playlists, the Music for Dementia and m4d Radio team has created a handy ‘5 ways to use music’ guide with how-to tips especially for carers. This is available on the m4d Radio website’s information page, ready to download and print off for easy reference.

The guide is written by experts in their fields or experts by experience such as Music for Dementia’s Director, Grace Meadows, Dame Arlene Phillips and Neuroscientist Dr Sophie Scott. It explains how listeners and carers can use music to change mood, physically connect, create conversation, encourage exercise and movement, and make new memories. Practical tips include information on volume and hearing, timing, personal care and routine.

Finally, there’s a downloadable activity sheet for the week, based on the 5 ways to use music, to help carers start to incorporate this versatile art into every day, harnessing the power of music to enhance the lives of those they care for.

The schedule, activity sheet and guide will soon be available on the website at

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