Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Bransford Trust, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council, Wyre Forest District Council, Bromsgrove District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Museums Worcestershire and John Martins Trust we are able to start Suitcase Stories 2 from November 2018.
Suitcase Stories 2 is an 18 month reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers in the Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts running from November 2018 to March 2020.
During the life of the project there will be 63 fortnightly community sessions in Evesham, Kidderminster and Redditch at museums and community centres, 60 sessions in care homes, CPD training for the lead artists, mentoring for 3 students or early career musicians and a symposium in March 2020 for the arts, health and museum sector.
The artists are Heather Wastie, Deborah Rose and Tristan Pate. They will each compose at least three new songs from the reminiscences which will be recorded and available online. They will also perform them at 3 dementia cafes and at the symposium. A short documentary film will also be made to help evaluate the project alongside a full evaluation of the outcomes of the project.
Further details will follow shortly. We are very excited that this project will give so many opportunities to people living with dementia and their carers!