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8th February 2016

Project is music to the ears of care home residents in Blackwood, says CSSIW Chief Inspector

One of our new members, Glan Yr Afon in Blackwood, Blaenau Gwent, was praised by the Chief Inspector of CSSIW, Imelda Richardson, after she visited it to witness the benefits of music in a care home setting on February 3.

The home is one of the venues participating in the programme of concerts organised by Music in Hospitals, a charity improving the quality of life of adults and children through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally-performed music.

Ms Richardson was joined by the director of Music in Hospitals Cymru, Robert Aitken, and Glan Yr Afon manager Arleen Testa and residents who listened to concert by Welsh National Opera soprano Rachel March and pianist Philip May.

After the concert the Chief Inspector said: "Care home residents should have access to high-quality activities and events; sharing in these experiences which enrich their lives.

"The ability of music to enhance their wellbeing, stimulate memories and connect with others cannot be underestimated.

"Activities which allow residents to enjoy being part of a community and share experiences are a key to how we develop regulation and inspection changes in Wales. 

"I hope programmes like those offered by Music in Hospitals become commonplace as we develop more care focussed on people in Wales."

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