"A strong, vibrant community built by dedicated volunteers and staff, supporting people to live well with dementia"

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
the MBE for volunteer groups
awarded 2 June 2018

Registered Charity No. 1166596
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NEWSLETTER : 18th October 2019

Hello everyone,

Those of you who have ever attended a music concert, watched any sort of drama on the television, enjoyed a film at the cinema, been to a disco!, sung in a choir or listened to the 'top 40' on the radio will understand the power of music and its ability to transform a situation, enhancing and heightening mood.

Many of us will have also experienced moments when, listening to a piece of music we are suddenly transported back in time, triggering a long forgotten memory and perhaps a moment of pure nostalgia, a sense of almost being back at that time, at that place. 

Music is very important to us at Tibbs Dementia Foundation, indeed it was one of the main reasons for setting up our wonderful charity. The principles we apply at Music 4 Memory of inclusivity, that everyone plays a role and brings great value, that nothing is wrong and communication and self expression can take many forms are central tenets of all we do and all we are about.

As many of you know our suite of Music 4 Memory services are all led by a qualified music therapist, Jeni, Alison and Rory (who we are pleased has recently joined us). Every session is run to the high standards that music therapy dictates and although many of our groups are relaxed and community based in nature the principles of music therapy underpin everything which helps to support and encourage the inclusive atmosphere and the confidence that we can all 'be ourselves' and find means of expression and emotional release in ways we may not have thought possible.

There are music therapists working across the Country delivering innovative and creative ways of working with people with dementia, families and the wider community. Excitingly  practitioners and groups such as ours are now able to share their fantastic practice and build up a growing body of evidence for the efficacy of the power of music for individuals and communities  with the launch of 'Music for Dementia 2020'. This is a campaign to build a musical map showing all the different musical opportunities for people with dementia across the country as well as hints and tips for setting up groups and developing practice.

This is wonderful news and of course we've signed up!! Click on the link and you'll be able to see our contribution  You can also easily access a short video created by the Philharmonia Orchestra showcasing our Hear and Now project a couple of years ago.

You may be aware that we are about to embark of our next intergenerational collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Fusion Youth choir, our tenth year of working together, sharing, growing and having fun. You will see further details about this transformative project further in the newsletter. Please do consider getting involved, drop into a workshop, be a regular participant and performer, support us from the audience, but do come and experience for yourself the magical power of music. 


Thank you....

A huge thank you to the boys of Howard House Prep School at Bedford School for an impressive fundraising campaign and for choosing to support Tibbs Dementia Foundation. The boys raised £3208.12 and we are extremely grateful for their efforts and generosity. 

Margaret Duggan represented Tibbs Dementia in her role of trustee in accepting the cheque on our behalf and delivering a short talk to the boys about our work.


 With best wishes

Sarah Russell, CEO

Come and work for us..........
Community Fundraiser

We are offering an exciting opportunity to develop the impact of Tibbs Dementia Foundation, the main local provider of dementia services.

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic community fundraiser to become part of our committed, friendly team as we work together to help build a better future for people with dementia.

We provide a wide range of innovative services and activities across the Bedford area and as recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services we know we provide a quality service.

In order to continue to deliver and develop our excellent range of services we are looking to recruit a community fundraiser who can help us boost our income whilst strengthening and extending our links and partnerships within the wider community.

If you’d like to be part of our great charity, working with a fantastic team making a positive difference everyday. Email  or phone 01234 210993 for an application pack..

Closing date 9.00am 11th November. Interviews during week commencing 18th November 2019.   
Service Updates
No Activitea on Thursday 31st October.

Due to various team members being on holiday we don't have enough staff available to run this group, so unfortunately on Thursday 31st October we are unable to run this group. This is for one week only and normal service will be resumed on 7th November. I do apologise for this and any disruption this may cause to your weekly routine. 

Tibbs 4 Tea

The next Tibbs 4 Tea event is the Christmas special, and Dianne has organised a banquet of a Christmas lunch for you. This takes place on Thursday 21st November and at The Maypole, Kempston, MK42 7FY. The plan is to meet at the Maypole for lunch at 1pm and this will be a festive carvery at £10.00 per head. Please contact Stef on 07835 612493 for more details and to book 
Hear and Now
We are celebrating our 10th year of working with Fusion Youth Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra on the Hear and Now Project with a special project through the Autumn, it would be wonderful if you could be involved, it's always a wonderful time of laughter, creativity, friendship and fun with the guidance and support of world class musicians and of course led by the creative genius of Tim Steiner.

Come to some or come to all of the project but please do get involved, whether you attend Music 4 Memory or not, whether you have musical skill, experience or not. All that's required is an open mind and to be prepared to be part of a special, unique and transformative experience.   

Overview Details for the Project:
Sunday 27 Oct
15:00-18:00 Creative workshop 1
All Saints Church, Bedford
Saturday 2 Nov
Creative workshop 2
University of Bedford, Bedford
Saturday,9 Nov
Creative workshop 3
University of Bedford, Bedford
Sunday 10 Nov
Creative workshop 4
University of Bedford, Bedford
Saturday 16 Nov
Creative workshop 5
University of Bedford, Bedford
Sunday,17 Nov AM/PM/EVE 7pm REHEARSAL and CONCERT University of Bedford, Bedford

Important Information about getting your tickets for the culmination concert.

This is going to be a very special evening and if you have been involved with the workshops I'm sure you'll be keen to attend and to bring your family too.

If you will be performing on stage you won't need a ticket, but if you in the audience you will and although tickets are free you will need to book these in advance.It's going to be a 'sell out' event so please read the information below and book your tickets as soon as you can.


 Tickets can be booked  in one of two ways:

  1. By visiting the Philharmonia website here -
  2. By phoning the Philharmonia’s box office on 0800 652 6717

Tickets are free, and seats are unallocated. They will be available to collect from the Box Office on the night (which will be run by a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra's marketing team). 


Pantomime season is almost upon us (Oh yes it is!!!!)

Dianne has busy planning and organising a trip to Aladdin on Sunday 12th January. We will be leaving Bedford at 12.30 by coach (or make your own way if you prefer) and will be attending the matinee show. Tickets are limited and selling very fast. Please speak to Dianne as soon as possible if interested. She can be contacted on 07910 753622.

Come and Buy our wares!

Car Stickers:
We are selling car stickers, for just £1.00. Easy to stick on and peel off, a great way to show your support and connection with our great charity and raise some funds as well.

Christmas Cards:
We're producing a Christmas card which will be on sale in the week or so. The attractive design was inspired by members of our art group and it's bright and eye catching colours are really festive and cheery. Cards will be on sale at our groups and through the office very soon.  


*  We know that you love coming to our services & events but, for reasons including health & safety and insurance, please don’t arrive more than 10 minutes before the start time. Thank you  *
MON 21 OCT 10.45-12.30 *CS Activity and Encompass St Andrews Church
  11.30-13.00 *Walking Football Athletics Stadium
  14.00- 15.45 *CST and Encompass St Andrews Church
  14.00- 16.00 Music 4 Memory Charter House
TUE 22 OCT 11.00- 12.00 Swimming Kempston Pool
  12.30-13.45 Indoor Bowls Kempston Park Bowls
  14.00-16.00 Kempston Drop in with carers wellbeing group Kempston East Methodist Church
 WED 23 OCT 10.30- 12.15 *CST Flitwick and carers self support group Flitwick library
   14.00-15.30 Clear Voices 1 and 2 Dame Alice Court
  14.30-16.00 Music 4 Memory  Potton Community Centre
  18.45-21.00 *Support 4 Memory  Dame Alice Court
 THU 24 OCT 10.00-11.45 Music 4 Memory and Encompass  Oakley Village Hall
  10.30- 12.15 Allotment project  Mile Road
  11.00-13.00 Activitea with carers self support group St Andrews Church
  14.00- 15.45  Music 4 Memory  Parish Room Queen's Park
 FRI 25 OCT 10.00-11.45 Music 4 Memory Queen's Park Community Centre
  14.15- 16.00 Park walk (no BMS students) Pavilion Cafe Bedford Park
  14.30-16.00 CST and Encompass St Andrews Church
 SUN 27 OCT  15.00-18.00 Hear and Now workshop All Saints Church Queens Park

Please Note : Most of our services are open to all people with dementia and/or their families to just come along whenever you wish – although we would recommend you talk to us to check their suitability for you. However, services denoted with * are specialist services with a fixed number of places, so please contact us in advance regarding joining these (and there may be a waiting list). Contact us for details of our At Home Music Therapy service or if you would like to speak to one of our trained counsellors.
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Sarah Russell
Chief Executive Officer

Tibbs Dementia Foundation
5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY
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