Looking Forward: End of Our Harlesden Project & Beyond

It’s the end of our project in Harlesden. Now, we’re looking forward to what comes next - new projects, ideas and opportunities.

Our intergenerational music project in Harlesden - bringing together older people living with dementia from Elders Voice Day Centre and children from Newfield Primary School - has now come to an end.

It’s been a superb month, with younger and older people learning and singing songs together in weekly sessions, building bonds across generations and communities.  

The project culminated in a joyful and moving final performance at Newfield Primary School, where day centre residents and participating students sang the songs they’d learnt together for their friends and families.


Project Feedback

All involved - from younger and older participants, to staff from both the day centre and school - had nothing but praise for the project.

Philippa, a Assistant Head Teacher at Newfield Primary, said: "It was a lovely - moving - real community affair".

Dawn, Day Centre Manager at Elders Voice, said: "This project was a great example of different ages coming together and the end product was amazing for all".

And Anna, Operations Manager at Elders Voice, said: "One of the best things we’ve done! Loved by all. Fantastic impact on clients mental health. Would love to do a weekly permanent session".

These positive sentiments were reflected in the feedback surveys we received too, with:

  • 100% of respondents satisfied with how the project went.

  • 100% of respondents in agreement that the project had benefited the participants’ wellbeing.

  • 100% of respondents satisfied with the support The Music Project provided.

  • 83% of respondents agreeing - at least to some degree - that the project had helped build external community relationships.

  • And 100% of respondents saying they’d like to work with us again or would refer us to another organisation.


Reflections

At The Music Project, we’re happy to see our pride and joy in leading another intergenerational music project being matched by such positive feedback from our project partners and participants.

For us, it’s yet another confirmation of the value of our approach - bringing generations together through music to support marginalised groups, such as those living with dementia.  

We’re immensely grateful for the superb local support we’ve had from all involved - not just our partners in Elders Voice and Newfield Primary, but the local community that initially chose us to receive the Tesco Bags of Help grant award. We feel its a real testament to the strength and depth of community in Harlesden and Brent more broadly.


Now, we’re looking forward.

Building on the brilliant success of our Harlesden project over the last month or so, we’re now looking to what comes next.

In the coming months, we’ll be working hard to expand our reach and impact, by developing new partnerships and projects in London and beyond.

If you - or anyone you know - might be interested in partnering with us, reach out.

We can’t wait to get going again.