Norfolk Music Hub are looking to work with 8 young people in the East of Norfolk in gaining confidence and knowledge to be able to deliver music to people living with dementia.

This opportunity is aimed at young people aged between 14 and 18 with an interest in using their musical skills to assist others in the community.

The project will be facilitated by Helen Hayes and Caroline Speca and will include:

  • 1 x Introductory Session (online) – Introducing the dementias and how they affect people, also talking about the positive effects of music on people living with dementia 17th March 3.30-4.30pm
  • 2 x workshops on 30th March and 21st April 3.30-5pm at East Norfolk College
    • Session 1: more detail on music and dementia, introducing how sessions work, introducing activities.
    • Session 2: more leadership from young people supported by facilitators/what to expect when working in community settings.
  • Observation session with facilitators leading and young people observing, on 6th May 1.30-3pm at Seagull Theatre Lowestoft with Dementia Group
  • A planning session on 12th May 3.30-5pm at East Norfolk College – young people to devise an activity to lead
  • Final Culmination event on 20th May 1.30-3pm hosted by facilitators with young people leading on project at Seagull Theatre Lowestoft with Dementia Group


Registration closed

About the facilitators

Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes is a music-for-well-being practitioner who works with families living with dementia across East Suffolk including leading groups at The Seagull and with Halesworth Dementia Carers Fund.

Her work is person-centred and she enjoys experiencing the positive effects that music has on people living with dementia. She is Director of Swell Music CIC and Music Co-Ordinator at First Light Festival in Lowestoft.

Caroline Speca

Caroline Speca is a classical violinist, community musician and music educator. She performed with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for fourteen years, working with celebrated conductors such as Sir Tony Pappano, Sir Bernard Haitink and Sir Simon Rattle. Caroline now oversees a music enrichment programme at Norwich School, and she teaches violin to children of all ages. Inspired by the connections between music, memory and movement, she designs and delivers outreach programmes on behalf of Wigmore Hall and Britten Pears Arts, harnessing the power of musical improvisation to communicate with those living with long term health conditions. Caroline is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, and she holds postgraduate certificates in Music for Dementia and Collaborative Music Practice for Health.