York Mumbler Tanya and her 16-month-old daughter recently went to a Song Box Music Session in Fulford. Find out what Tanya thought about the experience in her useful review.
Song Box is a long-established, local, independent provider of interactive, creative musical opportunities across the community. The “4G” (four generations) format brings together young families and Care Home residents to share musical fun and friendship.
I attended the session last Thursday morning at a care home in Fulford with my 16-month-old and we both had a lot of fun, singing, interacting with residents and playing.
If you enjoy a good old fashioned sing-song then this is the perfect group!
The session is held in the unit for residents with dementia. The unit itself is so light, bright and homely with lots of stimulating things of interest for the children to look at. The session is run by Thea who provides everything needed during the hour-long session.
The Song Box session is made up of two parts. The first half is sharing songs and nursery rhymes with props or instruments to entertain the children and for the second half, the residents choose a selection of songs that they enjoy to sing. Song Box has a songbook with many well-known songs from the resident’s era to pick from, plus the words so everyone can join in, although I surprised myself by how many words I knew.
Everyone is encouraged to join in…
The session is fun for all and parents, carers and children are encouraged to get involved. It was lovely to see the interaction between the residents and children and the whole session was so happy and positive and seemed to give the residents a real boost.
🎵 4G Songbox is weekly (term time only) and runs various care homes:
Tuesday afternoons in Huntington at Minster Grange
Wednesday mornings in Fishergate at Lamel Beeches
Thursday mornings in Fulford at Connaught Court
🎵 There is plenty of parking at Connaught Court plus on the road nearby. There is a toilet and private room for baby changing but no changing table.
🎵 The centre is kept quite warm for the residents so keep that in mind when dressing children and yourself!
🎵 Song Box is paid for by the term (inline with schools) and a trial session is available for £5.50 for the hour session. Half price sessions are available for families with low income.
🎵 All adults and children must wash their hands before and after the session to help with infection control.
🎵 Song Box ask you don’t attend the session if you or a child are unwell as this can quickly spread between residents and if you have been ill with anything infectious, please be clear for 48 hours before attending.
🎵 Please do not take any photos during the session