KiB and COVID-19

Older people feel more alone and isolated than ever before now that care homes and most hospitals have cancelled visits. The crisis hasn’t stopped KiB: our singers are spreading cheer at a safe distance – on doorsteps, through windows, and in the streets.

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Kissing it Better

Making music to make connections

June 2019

KiB’s first music-in-healthcare mentoring project has launched at Birmingham’s City Hospital. Over the next 15 weeks, musicians will work on the wards, learning to use their talents to enhance the wellbeing of older people being cared for in hospital, particularly those living with dementia.

“We’ve got a fantastic range of musicians on board, reflecting the area’s diverse music heritage,” says KiB music practitioner, Chloe Knibbs. “At the launch workshop, we explored ways to make connections with people living with dementia, from picking the songs that prompt conversation and reminiscence, to learning the music by heart so you can make eye contact when you play or sing.”

At the end of the project, the musicians will perform a concert for patients at City Hospital.