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:
To celebrate the grant, Playlist for Life will be promoting Musical Teas in communities across the UK in the run up to BBC Music Day on 26 September. Anyone who wants to host a Musical Tea – and learn how to make an LP-cake stand – can sign up for a free Musical Tea Pack .
Playlist For Life has also been advising the BBC on www.bbc.co.uk/musicmemories, a website which helps people test and find musical memories by browsing 30-second snippets of thousands of tracks arranged in specially curated playlists. The Playlist for Life Musical Tea pack includes resources to make use of Music Memories as a memory-finding tool and run a music quiz.
Playlist for Life was founded in 2013 by the writer and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson, after the death of her mother Mamie, who had the disease. In just six years the charity has gone from strength to strength and the National Lottery award is a major boost to its ambitious plans to reach every family affected by dementia with the power of playlists, wherever in the UK they live.