The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

To celebrate the award, Playlist for Life will be promoting ‘Musical Teas’ in communities across the UK in the run up to Music Day on 26 September.

Playlist for Life teaches families and care staff how to create a unique personal playlist of the soundtrack to a person’s life. Personal playlists allow others to understand and ‘see’ the whole person with dementia; to stop the feeling of helplessness and bring joy and connection. Personal playlists have the potential to revolutionise dementia care – homes trained by Playlist for Life consistently report a reduction in medication for residents with dementia, by up to 60 per cent.

The National Lottery award will be used to raise awareness of the power of playlists and delivers half the funding required to grow the existing grassroots network of Playlist for Life community Help Points to 1,500 across the UK. 

Playlist for Life Help Points are hosted by existing organisations, such as churches, faith groups, libraries and carers’ centres, based anywhere in the UK.  Host organisations are given free training and resources to promote the power of music to help dementia and often provide a helping hand to anyone who gets stuck with technology or finding the right tunes.

Any organisation that would like to be part of the UK-wide project can apply to become a Playlist for Life community Help Point on the Playlist for Life website. Host organisations need to:

  • Already work with people with dementia and their families
  • Have physical premises with good public footfall
  • Have existing volunteer structures in place.

Rev Helen Jamieson, Playlist leader of first ever community Help Point at St Andrews Church of Scotland in Carluke, Lanarkshire said: