Coming to Pink Rooster Soon – Arthur Musical Bear for Dementia

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“Arthur – a musical Teddy Bear for improving cognizance and engagement”.

Comforting and engaging, ‘Arthur’, combines the profound benefits of targeted music with sensory and tactile feedback, with the engagement of something to be cherished and cared for.

The car228-large_default.jpge and interaction with a comforting soft toy provides a path to unlocking strong maternal instincts or feelings of security, providing both activity and self worth, whilst the music increases awareness and interaction.225-large_default

Doll therapy: A large section of the community with cognizant challenges lack daily engagement. Some caregivers try to ease the burden of distress and anxiety by introducing dolls or soft toys to love and care for. The dolls can become an integral part of their life and caring for the doll can range from simple engagement to a major part of their day to day responsibilities. Doll or ‘cuddle’ therapy, may bring back happy memories of early parenthood and helps feeling useful and needed.

  • The most important thing is for Arthur to have the right tunes for the person with the cognitive challenges. These tend to be songs that have special meaning from their younger, often teenage, years. He has a very large memory (4GB) which can typically hold 1500-2000 tunes, but this is far more than most people need.
  • Arthur’s left hand paw has a switch inside it – the “paws button”. Give it a squeeze and you will feel a small click. This will start or stop the music, and is the only the control you will normally use on a day-to-day basis.  The music is programmed to play in a random order
  • ‘Arthur’ is Light Brown/Beige, weighs 1kg, and 38cm (Ear to Toe), 36cm (Paw to Paw), 13cm (Tum to Tail)
  • Arthur has very tactile fur made from ‘terry cloth’. This is soft cotton based material, and has proven to be the favourite texture. Also to be extra safe, Arthur’s eyes are embroidered, not buttons.
    To make Arthur that bit more cosy, he’s put some extra weight on around his hips so he can sit more comfortably and feel like a bear of substance.
  • Batteries not included – he needs 4 x AA alkaline batteries


Music: Playing music to people with dementia or similar challenges from their formative years vastly improves their cognizance and lucidity – the effects are dramatic and are widely recognised.

If you are interested in this innovative product, please contact us for more details.

How charities are responding to the fall in public trust

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The Charity Commission… published research that indicates public trust in charities is in decline. This is a serious piece of research, one that echoes the findings of similar studies over the last year. In short, it is believed that the fall in public trust is real, it is here, and it is a threat to the future of the charity sector…

NCVO, CharityComms and ACEVO are working together on this, supported by numerous charities. We’ve also seen great stuff from DSC, Charity Bank and others. I want to be clear: we do not have all the answers. There are diverse views on the nature of the problem and potential solutions.

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Charities should be central to NHS decision-making and delivery, says new government-backed report

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Charities and social enterprises should be deeply involved at every level of the health and care system, according to a new report backed by Alistair Burt, Simon Stevens and Duncan Selbie.

The report, based on the largest ever review of the voluntary sector’s involvement in statutory health and social care, urges local hospitals, clinical commissioning groups and councils to do more to involve expert charities in the design and delivery of services of all kinds.

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Recording Update

Written by David Maxwell on . Posted in Care Homes, Dementia, Health & Wellbeing, Latest News, Music

Rehearsals are going well for our forthcoming recording session. Thank you to Liz for her accordion playing which will add some exciting sounds to our session. The recording is now booked for the end of July with mixing early August so we hope to have a release date around the end of August early September 2016. Keep and eye onDSC_9901BW our website, facebook and twitter for updates on progress.


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School of Life

Written by David Maxwell on . Posted in Care Homes, Creative Arts, Dementia, Health & Wellbeing, Latest News, Music

We were delighted to have been part of Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire’s School of Life Project (Sing together, learn together). We would like to say a big thank you to all the care home staff and residents and schools that took part and made us feel very welcome, and special thanks to Liz Carroll-Wheat (School of Life Co-ordinator) for your faith in us and your continued support.

More information about the project can be found using the following link to Voluntary Impact’s website:

New CD release: Watch this space!!!

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Thanks to Big Lottery funding we are going into the studio to record a new CD. Recording is scheduled to take place towards the end of June 2016, we have chosen Far Heath Studios in Northamptonshire to record our tracks and are hoping to have a few special guest musicians.

Far Heath have an excellent reputation for quality production, equipped to the highest standard, and has played host to numerous bands such as The Prodigy, Spiritualized and The Fall and provided services for artists such as Toyah Wilcox, Albert Lee, Wishbone Ash, Emerson Lake and Palmer and has been the epicentre for labels such as EMI, Polydor and Universal, so we are in good hands.

The CD will be available to purchase from our website and events and download from iTunes and Amazon. A percentage of the money made will go back to Pink Rooster to support our music projects. We will also be able to provide CD’s to care homes to benefit residents in between our visits. We will keep you updated on progress and the anticipated release date. Watch this space.

If you would like to be kept up to date with progress and the release date, visit our website and get in touch via our contact link or keep an eye on our Facebook and twitter posts @PnkRooster

To find out about Far Heath Studios visit their website at

Room to Manoeuvre

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Thanks to generous funding from the Clothworkers’ foundation we have been able to fund the purchase of a much needed van. We are now able to transport much more equipment to our activity sessions such as additional instruments, percussion, and audio visual equipment to enhance the experience of our beneficiaries.We also have additional seating to allow for us to provide transport to beneficiaries who would otherwise be unable to attend our activity sessions, and also to help provide transport for our volunteers.


We have made good use of our new transport from day one. Pictured is the van at our recent visit to Burlington care Home in Northampton and also pictured (above) are David and Andrea with staff and volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society at our recent activity event at the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café in Daventry.

On behalf of our existing beneficiaries and those we have yet to reach we would like to say a massive thank you to the Clothworkers’ foundation for their generous support. To find out more about the work of the Clothworkers’ Foundation please click on the following link:

Moving into Bedford

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We are delighted to have received finding from ‘Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’ Panacea fund, to deliver our services in Bedford Borough. We will be able to provide 15 activity sessions for individuals and groups living with dementia within a number of Bedford Care Homes. We hope that this will be the start of our continued expansion into Bedford and hope to increase our service provision over the coming months.

As part of our funding package we also have a limited number of Simple Music Players which we will be able to provide to individuals or groups living in Bedford.

To find out more about the Simple Music Player for dementia, have a look at the products section of our website and click on music player for dementia.

Music Player for Dementia

We’re now an award winning project

Written by David Maxwell on . Posted in Dementia, Latest News

All of us at Pink Rooster are thrilled to have been awarded the Northamptonshire Community Foundation Award 2015 in the Health and Wellbeing category.  The Royal Theatre in Northampton played host to a packed awards ceremony, which was compared by BBC Radio Northampton presenter John Griff.


We would like to extend our thanks to the  Community Foundation team for all their support and also to the other nominees and award winners for their tireless contributions in the pursuit of improving lives.

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