Bury St Edmunds, Thetford & Ely


Hello, my name is Andy Barrett and it is my privilege to provide Kiddleydivey sessions for the elderly in the Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Ely, and surrounding areas. I am a father of two sons, and a grandfather of a baby boy and 6 year old girl who definitely keep me active and young at heart.

Some years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and eventually placed into a care home. I visited her frequently in the care home and on some occasions, witnessed the change in not only hers but the other residents moods when they had a visiting musician or just had music playing for their recreation. As I had an interest in psychology, this prompted me to find out more about the power of music, not only to the elderly but also to us all in general.

My background in business has been predominately in the telecommunications industry but outside of this, I have had a passion for music from a very young age and was trained by a top London guitar teacher. I also developed a great interest in psychology in later years and have read many books on this vast and sometimes bewildering subject.

I had reached a time in my life where I felt that I needed a new challenge and a change in career. I could not believe my good fortune when I found Kiddleydivey and had absolutely no hesitation in exploring the opportunities that Kiddleydivey offered. So here I am starting a new venture enabling me to work in my two areas of interest and more importantly, to bring some joy and respite for the elderly, particularly those who suffer from dementia which is something that is very close to my heart. It truly is a dream come true.

What are our sessions like?

Although music has been proved beyond doubt to stimulate the mind, it’s not just about the music. A therapeutic music session also focuses on testing and improving a person’s motor skills, mobility, coordination, sensory skills and memory. We use a dazzling array of props that include feathers, pompoms, hoops, hats, scarves, bubble machine, crystal light, percussion instruments, photographs and more, to generate interest and keep them engaged and active throughout each session. We also encourage exercise and lots of dancing. If anybody is unable to get on their feet, then we encourage dancing in the armchair so that nobody is left out. Conversation and lots & lots of fun and laughter are had by all, including the staff.

What are the benefits?

Well it’s simple really. Our aim is to improve, or help rediscover the mobility of their body and ability to exercise their mind through thought provoking questions and quizzes. Studies have found that music alone can improve management of pain and discomfort. Our armchair exercises have been carefully designed to mimic everyday tasks such as putting on a cardigan, as well as gently exercising those muscles. Singing songs, questions around music and photographs are used to stimulate memory. Percussion instruments encourage mobility skills and coordination. We have over 20 themed sets that have been carefully developed by our founder Sally Murphy, to stimulate through changing rhythmic patterns, generate interest concerning the theme and of course to promote conversation. All of this can lead to positive changes in mood and emotional state. This is not only a benefit to the elderly, but also to their carers and family too.

What areas do I cover?

I run Kiddleydivey Adult sessions in the following areas;

Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Ely, Newmarket, Barnham, Great Hockham, Watton, Saham Toney, Hilborough, Northwold, Brandon, Mildenhall, Culford, Red Lodge, Barrow, Elmswell, Cockfield, Woolpit, Ixworth, Thurston, Great Barton, Stanton, Westley, as well as the CB6, CB7, CB8 & CB25 post code areas. If your area is not listed, please do still contact me as we are always happy to visit new local areas within our radius.

To find out more you can fill out the form below, or contact Andy for a friendly chat on 07850 486070 or email me at: burystedmunds@kiddleydivey.co.uk

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Thank you for looking at my web page and we do hope to hear from you soon.