GM Christmas Concert set to broadcast into people’s homes

  • New app will bring a Christmas concert to the homes of Greater Manchester’s older residents, especially those living with dementia
  • The free concert, featuring a sing-a-long, will be broadcast live on 20 December

 A Christmas concert is set to be beamed directly to older residents in Greater Manchester thanks to a new app, Greater Moments. The app is helping bring moments that matter to people during the coronavirus pandemic, especially those living with dementia.

The Greater Moments Christmas Concert will be streamed from 20 December at 3pm and feature a professionally produced singalong performance, a school production and messages of recognition and hope from across the Greater Manchester community.

The concert will be streamed via the Greater Moments app, which has recently been launched. The app aims to help people living with dementia share their experiences of the condition while also directing them to local support and activities. The app was commissioned by Dementia United, Greater Manchester’s programme for dementia, and developed by Social Sense and Hitch marketing.

Those tuning in will be invited to ‘score’ how they are feeling before and after the event in order to support the app’s wider aim of learning more about the day-to-day lives of those affected by dementia and to help improve the current support on offer to them.

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham said: “During the pandemic many of us have felt isolated and missed seeing our friends and family in the normal way. This has been particularly hard for people living with dementia, who have the added problem of not being able to get the personal contact that makes a huge difference to their lives and mood

“The Greater Moments app is one of the ways we’ve been able to maintain that social link and have been able to help people find alternatives to activities they enjoyed before the pandemic.

“The Christmas concert is a great example of how despite the barriers we can still come together and collectively celebrate the festive season as a community.”

Professional carers, family carers or anybody living with dementia can register for the show at www.greatermoments.org.uk.

Anyone else who’d like to watch the concern can do so by registering for our free on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-moments-christmas-event-tickets-132274142521

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