Seaford Melodies Group Brings Yultide Joy15th December 2023
Seaforde Melodies, a singing group based in Dundrum for people with Dementia and their carers, hosted a heart-warming Christmas event where they were joined by pupils from Sacred Heart School in Dundrum, filling the air with beautiful harmonious Christmas carols.
The event brought together the talented voices of Seaforde Melodies and the excitement of the children from Sacred Heart School for an unforgettable Christmas celebration. The singing group extended the spirit of Christmas by presenting gifts to the children who attended. The children made creative Christmas cards for all the attendees of the group.
One of the carers who attended the celebration event said, “This was an amazing experience for my sister. She is always excited to meet up with other people. She loves music and singing, so it is a real pleasure for her and me as a carer. She rarely left the house before joining this group.”
A member of Seaforde Melodies explained what a difference the group has made, “I feel happier in myself for coming along as I enjoy singing very much. I was a member of two different choirs and now miss that very much. Everyone is very friendly and the Social Workers are so supportive.”
Thanking the children from Sacred Heart School for coming along to support the event, Senior Practitioner in Clough & Dundrum GP Surgery, Pauline Kelly said, “It is a privilege to be able to provide a resource for this in the South Down area. Attendance at this group is a testament to the need as it is always well attended. We are very much aware that it is an important and uplifting part of the attendee’s week.
“Everyone has made good social connections while many keep in contact with each other outside of the group. There is always a supportive, warm and friendly atmosphere, which importantly is fun and enjoyable. Each week feels like some magic created by everyone who attends and all will find it a happy enlightening experience. Some attendees have even been known to get up and dance to songs.
Pauline continued, “Edel McMahon leads our singing group. She has a fantastic repertoire and helps create a safe welcoming space. We can always be sure of many jokes, story-telling and fun between songs.
“Music has many benefits for those affected by Dementia, it can help reduce anxiety and depression and help maintain speech and language. It is helpful at the end of life, as it enhances quality of life and provides a shared experience between the individual affected by Dementia and their loved ones/carers. Music and memory have a powerful connection and can light up emotional memories.”