• Ewa Cwiklak, with Live Music Now.

Ewa Cwiklak, Activity Coordinator and Charlotte Turville, Care Leader from Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham attended and presented at The Power of Music in Health and Social Care conference at the University of Nottingham.

The conference was following on from the successful ‘live music now’ choir in every care home project. Ewa spoke about her experiences with the project and the benefit music had on the residents at Monkscroft. Gareth Gates was also a speaker at the conference and spoke about how much it has helped his speech impediment.

Ewa delivered two 50 minutes sessions on the day and shared how one lady could only remember a tune of a song that she wanted to sing. Another resident knew some of the lyrics and staff sourced them for the next session, bringing tears of joy to her eyes.

Douglas Noble Strategic Director at Live Music Now said “I would like to say a big thank you to Ewa and Charlotte for coming to the conference in Nottingham and sharing their expert perspectives on working on the Project. Ewa, you gave such a clear and powerful sharing of what you, your team and residents experienced and learnt. It was an invaluable contribution to the event and I know it had a strong impact on delegates. Three of the attendees at our workshop have said they have been inspired by your presentation to bring more music into the setting where they work as activities coordinators.”