Work with Care Homes & Older People


Care Homes

Coda Ukulele Band at Queensmount, Bournemouth ... 05.10.2014 ... photograph by Hattie Miles  

Coda’s award winning work with older people with dementia and in residential care continues to make a profound impact on the lives of local people. Coda works in care homes across Bournemouth and Christchurch, tackling isolation, anxiety and loss of identity through music.

If you would be interested in one of Coda’s community musicians visiting your care home, please get in touch.

Staff Training

Care Home Staff Training

In addition to regular work in care homes, Coda supports Care Home Staff by offering training in basic Music Therapy techniques, which they can use with residents on a day-to-day basis.

These training sessions deliver help, advice and training to staff at local care homes from across the region.

If you would be interested in training for the staff of your care home, please get in touch.

Dementia Notes

Phil & Award Print


Coda devised and delivered an inspirational programme of activities across Bournemouth and Poole using music to address the health and wellbeing of older people in care, including many with dementia.  This work went on to win an Arts Health South West Award in March of 2015.

The Dementia Notes programme provided a rich breadth of participatory music offers to residential care homes and lunch clubs across the town, from participatory workshops and community linked projects to a more individually tailored music therapy service. Alongside this work, Coda offered a series of training sessions for carers and created a unique box of resources, The Music Box, to support carers to deliver basic music activities with the people for whom they care, and to promote the benefits of music with older people.

The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from Bournemouth Borough Council and reached over 1500 older people in the town through 150 music sessions. Coda also engaged external consultants Willis Newson to help evaluate the programme, devising a thorough evaluation framework, training the Coda team, and ultimately using evidence from the evaluation to refine their continuing work and to contribute to the growing body of research to support the benefit of the arts in health care. Coda’s programme of work with older people continues, with further projects commissioned by Bournemouth Borough Council and the award of an Inspire 2012 Health and Well Being Legacy grant by Dorset County Council to extend the charities work into East Dorset.

Learn an Instrument

At Coda, near Christchurch, on the Dorset/Hampshire border. We offer music tuition for all ages and abilities in piano, strings, woodwind, guitars, drums and vocals. Lessons can be one-to-one, in pairs or groups – depending on preference and budget. Classes are offered at a variety of times – just get in touch for current availability.

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