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Tuesday 18 December 2018

St Mary's TY students leading the way

Students from St Mary’s DS with the MP3 Players
Students from St Mary’s DS with the MP3 Players

A group of TY students in St Mary's DS are triggering a new initiative that is set to go nationwide.

Music & Memory is the project and the transition year students are fundraising for MP3 Players and headphones for older people living with dementia and Alzheimer's in the community.

The students are visiting local care homes and centres (Tredagh Lodge Day Care Centre, St Mary's Nursing home and Boyne view Nursing Home) and meet with the residents on a twice weekly basis for a chat. After getting to know the residents, the students are compiling personalised playlists for each resident to bring them on a journey through their lives. These MP3 Players and headphones will be gifted to the individuals ensuring each memory has a soundtrack of its own.

'The power of music is incredible. It can connect people, bridge gaps between age and experience, bring forward forgotten memories. It puts us in touch with ourselves and each other. We hope that with our headsets and MP3 Players we can change peoples' lives. All 69 Transition Year students have been given sponsorship forms and we have also set up a gofundme account here; https://www.gofundme.com/music-amp-memory,' the students stated.

The students would be delighted if people could use their social media platforms to promote the initiative and show your support in any way you can. Information can be found on the school Facebook page 'Humans of St Mary's Diocesan'.

'After sending details of our Music and Memory initiative to schools and TY Coordinators all around the country we are delighted to announce that a number of them are going to implement in the coming year. St Mary's Diocesan school have hopefully started a movement that will make positive changes nationwide,' they added.

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