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our songs our stories

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Our Songs our Stories is a creative health project which is founded on the body of evidence of the impact of music-based activity for people living with Dementia and those who care for them to;

  • improve physical and mental health

  • improve connections and relationships

  • combat loneliness and isolation​


This project is commissioned by East Sussex County Council Public Health team with the key aim to explore models of this practice which can meet growing need in our community, achieving quality and sustainability through partnerships, skills and resource development.

In 2024, activity will be focussed in Newhaven in partnership with

Sussex Community Development Association, in Sidley with Heart of Sidley and in Hastings in a variety of community settings. We are also working with the Community 21 at the University of Brighton to design a series of resources and training to support this activity.

In addition to our community partners, we have carefully brought together a team of creatives to share skills, experience and ideas within a framework of community action research.

Our creative team

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Jane Haughton

Jane haughton has worked for nearly 20 years as a professional musician, leading community choirs as well as opera and music projects in care homes, prisons and schools.

​For over 14 years she's been involved with Raise Your Voice, a Dementia and music charity. Her passion is to encourage everyone to develop their voice and find joy through singing and music-making together.

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Sam Glazer is a composer, cellist and creative leader. His work is based around co-creating new music alongside non-professionals, in education, community and healthcare settings.


​For nearly 20 years he's been involved with Wigmore Hall’s Music for Life project, working in care homes with people with dementia, and co-founded Raise Your Voice Opera, Glyndebourne’s group for people with dementia and their carers.

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Sam Glazer

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Janey Moffat

Janey Moffat is a community artist who combines fabric, paper and stitch with drawing, painting and mark-making. Her work is deeply affected by her youth growing up in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, exploring trauma and healing.


Janey has worked with a variety of groups including locally settled refugees and women surviving domestic violence.

Sam Baldwin is a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist and has also been a music facilitator for young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism for the last 10 years.


He has supported the Culture Shift band Delta 7 which celebrates a 10 year anniversary this year and has worked for a number of other charities including Club Soda and Carousel, supporting people to create music, perform and progress individuals and bands careers. 

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Sam Baldwin

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Tom Cook

Tom Cook has been a working as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer for 25 years. He creates music for TV, theatre and the gaming industry, alongside his work as a community artist working specialising in working with children, young people and learning disabled people. 


​Tom works cross-artform, including digital and visual art and finding the songs and music in people who don't necessarily consider themselves to be musicians. 

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Join us for Our Songs Our Stories, free music sessions for people with Dementia and those who care for them. Meet new people, enjoy music based activities with professional musicians Sam and Tom and refreshments will be provided.

This activity is for people with Dementia AND those who care for them. Please note that those attending this activity must be accompanied by someone who cares for them


Fridays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm on:

12th April
26th April
10th May
31st May
7th June
21st june


The Valley Room
Denton Island Community Centre
Denton Island
Newhaven BN9 9BA
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For more information please email

Click here to book your free place

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