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  • Does your organisation already support people with dementia or their carers? 
  • Do you have physical premises with good public footfall?  
  • Can you have a permanent display of Playlist for Life materials that members of the public can easily access?  
  • Would you like to bring the power of playlists to the people in your community? 
  • Would you like to connect with like-minded organisations, to share ideas and discover new ways to improve your existing services? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you should think about hosting a Playlist for Life Help Point in your organisation. 

Hundreds* of community organisations around the UK are supporting people to use the power of music to help dementia through the free Playlist for Life Help Point programme. 

All the training and materials you need are provided absolutely  FREE! 

What is a Help Point? 

A Help Point is somewhere local where people can go to pick up leaflets and materials about creating and using a personal playlist. They are hosted in existing organisations already supporting with people with dementia and/or their carers e.g. places of worship, libraries, dementia cafes, carers centres and GP’s surgeries. 

There are two types of Help Points, explained below. You can choose which to apply for based on your organisation’s capacity: 

Information Point

Information Points permanently display an A2 poster and leaflets about playlists for members of the public to take away.

  • An Information Point Pack with Help Point poster and unlimited leaflets 
  • Bulletins sharing best practice, funding opportunities and the latest news and research on music and dementia 
  • A listing on the main Playlist for Life website 
  • Opportunity to move up to Helping Hands at any point 
Helping Hands

In addition to permanently displaying the A2 poster and leaflets about playlists, Helping Hands also offer advice and support on making and using playlists to people, either at a regular dropin time or attached to an existing event.  

  • A Helping Hands Help Point pack of materials and resources 
  • Bulletins sharing best practice, funding opportunities and the latest news and research on music and dementia 
  • A listing on the main Playlist for Life website 
  • 2 x places on training events held regularly around the country. 
  • Access to the password protected Volunteer Zone to get downloadable resources and unlimited online training for all your staff and volunteers.  

You can change your Help Point status at any time should you wish to offer more or fewer services to your local community. Find out more about what becoming a Help Point involves in our Setting up your Help Point Guide.

All types of Help Points must be open and easily accessible for members of the public to view your display and pick up materials.  

For every level of Help Point we will need contact details of a lead volunteer. They might be a staff member from your organisation, or one of your own volunteers. Whoever they are, they will be our main point of contact and it will be up to them to recruit any other volunteers to run your Playlist for Life Information Point. Your organisation will be responsible for getting all the necessary checks for your volunteers, such as DBS or PVG. 

* Note for Health Care Establishments: Care homes and Hospital Wards can become Help Points if they can meet the basic criteria. To discuss whether your care organisation is eligible please contact the Playlist for Life team Contact form or by phoning 0141 404 0683 before submitting an application.

Cost: Nothing. It’s free!

Next deadline: Friday, 28th February 2020

How do I sign up? Find out more and complete the application form here.

*The Help Points programme is partially funded by The Life Changes Trust, which has provided funding to set up 300 Help Points across Scotland by July 2020.