Open Morning – 14th October 2021

We would like to invite you to an open morning to celebrate restarting our Music for the Mind sessions.

Come along to St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Rd, Keynsham BS31 2BQ to meet the committee, volunteers, previous friends and to make new friends.

Cold drinks, cake and biscuits available

For people living with dementia and their carers

Plenty of parking

We look forward to seeing you

For more information, contact
Merrial Knight 07709840535 or 01225 872801


Short notice cancellation of Event – 22nd July 2021

After having Music For The Mind closed down for the duration of the various Covid lockdowns the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (KSDAA) were looking forward to re-opening the doors on Thursday July 22nd to all of the regular and some new clients living with dementia.

However in light of the currently increasing infection rates the project group have decided that it would not be wise to go ahead with the event and have postponed it indefinitely.

Chairman Alan Hale told us “We were looking forward to welcoming back those living with dementia who enjoy our sessions. This first event was going to be an open morning to settle people in and to see how it functioned. Sadly we felt it a responsible action to pay heed to the significant rise in those with Covid in our area and had no wish to put our clients, their carers and our volunteers in danger of infection. We hope that we can reopen later in the year and will keep our clients appraised.”


Update on Music for the Mind

A message from Merrial Knight with the latest update (which has been sent to a number of care homes):

Hi all, my name is Merrial Knight and I am the Secretary of Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.

Most of you will have been liaising with Mike Knight, my husband, who is the Treasurer. We are hoping to restart our Music for the Mind sessions, subject to restrictions being lifted and so we are intending to have an open morning on Thursday 22nd July from 10.30am until 12.15.

We would love to see some of your residents if it is possible for you to come along. We have missed seeing your residents and realise that there will have been changes to them but welcome new faces. Although we are unclear about the possibility of singing at the moment, we will be pleased to see you and have a chat accompanied by cold drinks and cake. There is a general information letter (click here) and a registration form (click here) which we will be asking all participants to complete.

Do get in touch if you would like more details or if we haven’t covered everything in the attached letter. We will contact you if anything changes.


Helping local care homes

Due to the Covid pandemic there have been no Music for the Mind sessions since Thursday 12th March 2020, almost 15 months ago. During this time we have been in touch with local care homes that care for people living with dementia in the Keynsham and Saltford area. The aim has been to try and brighten their lives up when they haven’t been able to meet up with friends and relatives and can’t go outside.

The staff at St Phillips and St James in Keynsham asked their residents what they would like to have. They came back with musical instruments, games, exercise equipment and scrapbooks in which they could put photographs of their time at St Phillips and then share them with their relatives and friends. The attached photographs show them playing some of the games. Many thanks to Christine, a senior nurse at St Phillips and St James, and the staff for making all the arrangements.

The good news is that we’re hoping to restart the Music for the Mind sessions on Thursday 22nd July in St Dunstan’s Church Hall from 10.30 until 12.15. Obviously this is provisional at the moment and relies on how things go between now and then. We will keep our website updated.


Return of Music for the Mind – July 22

Like many organisations the Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (KSDAA) is coming out of the Covid hibernation looking to return to normal.

Once the Covid restrictions came into force in 2020 the KSDAA had to close its doors on its ever popular twice monthly Music For the Mind, sadly depriving many people who were living with dementia of two mornings out each month and the opportunity to sing many well known songs.
Chairman of KSDAA Alan Hale told us “Having to close was such a shame because many of our clients so enjoyed the sessions and many who had little communication would suddenly come out of themselves and sing all of the words of some of the songs. It was both heart-warming and rewarding.  The mornings afforded some respite for the carers as well.”

The group is to reopen their sessions on July 22nd at St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham and then continue on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 1030am and 12.15pm. The sessions are free unless those attending wish to make a small donation. Carers must stay with those living with dementia.  All sessions will be Covid safe. Temperatures will be taken and masks and sanitiser will be necessary. It is also hoped those attending will take a rapid flow test at home the day before but that will not be a requirement of attending.

The normal format of each session, is coffee, tea, cake and chat for half an hour and then in a circle a few light seated exercises but only doing what you can and then followed by singing and percussion with a professional facilitator. For the first few sessions until singing is permitted in groups, there will still be the coffee, tea, cakes and chat but then a bit of entertainment. Seating will be suitably spaced.

Mr Hale concluded “We the volunteers are really looking forward to receiving clients and carers again and we hope that we might see some new faces as well as our regulars, all are welcome if they have had a diagnosis of dementia.”

Anyone interested in attending the sessions should make contact with KSDAA via email at dementiafriendlykeynsham@gmail.com or by telephone at 07776493221 or 0117 9837923.
The KSDAA are also setting up online Zoom sessions to deliver ‘Dementia Friends’ familiarisation sessions and can also offer informa surveys of shops and business premises in order to help make the venue more dementia friendly to those living with dementia.