Hundreds of local armed forces veterans and their families, affected by dementia or other mental health challenges, can continue to visit the music workshop, Café Muse, thanks to our grant to Orchestra of the Swan.
The £33,000 grant is a welcome relief for the local Hereford community that attends the weekly sessions at The Courtyard in Hereford, as the existing funding had come to an end.
The workshop sessions not only allow participants to explore musical instruments and rediscover any musical skills but also to make new friendships and reduce loneliness.
Currently, there are over 3,000 older people living with dementia in the Herefordshire region, and this figure is predicted to rise to 5,500 by 2035. Herefordshire is one of six counties that has the highest proportion of veterans in the UK. The 2021 Census reports there are 9,600 veterans living in Herefordshire, which equates to 11 per cent of households, with 450 veterans living in a care setting. The estimated veteran population living with dementia in the county is about 1500.