Mill House hosts Mindsong Musical Therapy Session

Mill House residents recently enjoyed a visit from Mindsong, a Gloucestershire based charity providing a range of music therapy and training in care homes and day centres throughout Gloucestershire.

Mindsong began as a pilot project for Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester, as part of their outreach work.  ‘From small acorns’, as the saying goes, and they have grown slowly and steadily into the organisation they are today.

Their volunteers work mainly with people who have mid to late-stage dementia and the music therapy is focused not just as an ‘activity’ but in the same way as a course of physiotherapy, rather than just entertainment. Although judging from the response we received, it was a great interactive group activity and lots of fun. The instruments they use are mostly percussive, and so are easily played by even the frailest within the group, thus involving more of our residents.

Maggie, who ran the session is a qualified Therapist, did not just play music to the residents but enabled them to participate, as much as they were able, in producing improvised music of their own and encouraging them to sing along to the songs.

We all know how a favourite song can unlock memories long forgotten and the response she got on the first session was incredible. Some people were humming during the session, some sang out loud and gave Maggie ideas or requested particular songs.

One example of how the group worked well together and became engaged was when one of our residents Kath mentioned the “sun shines so nicely today”, which encouraged another person to join in who then started to sing ”You are my Sunshine.” This was how the sessions were run using everyone’s involvement to help shape how it progressed and in a collaborative manner.

Residents sang songs such as ”My Bonny ….” ”Old McDonald had a farm”, ”My Old Man’s a Dustman” and many, many more. Our resident Maureen was very engaged with every instrument but her favourite as you can see from the photo was the large glockenspiel. Kath, another resident enjoyed playing the maracas the most and it was evident the session cheered her up and put her in a very happy mood.

We were so pleased with the positive outcomes for our residents that this therapy will now be held every fortnight for 6 months and we’re already looking forward to the next one!

If you would like to find out more about life at Mill House, please contact us on 0808 223 5524 or via email


Mill House

Home Manager

Pyela Mwale


Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
GL55 6DR

0808 223 5524
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