Guideposts – Music Therapy Service for people with dementia

Guideposts is delighted to have received a grant of £1,500 from Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust towards the purchase of musical instruments for our Music Therapy Service.

Guideposts Music Therapy Service was established 10 years ago to improve the lives and wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. Everybody has the ability to connect with and respond to music and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between the person and the therapist. A wide range of music styles and instruments can be used and the music is often improvised. Verbal conversations with family or friends may no longer be possible for people with dementia, but musical conversations in the music sessions are often heard on the instruments giving rise to immense satisfaction, relief and laughter.

Our service currently has a fair number of instruments which are damaged or broken and need replacing. It has also identified a few new instruments, which would really help enhance users’ experience.

Thanks to the support of Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust we will now be able to purchase those much needed instruments. On behalf of all the people we support through our service, we would like therefore to offer the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust all our gratitude and thanks.

Guideposts exists to support the most disadvantaged people in our local communities; founded on the belief that all people, regardless of age or needs are equally valued with an equal opportunity and a chance to live the best life they can.


For more information about our Music Therapy Service or about our Charity you can contact us on 01993893560 or email us