Singing for the Brain Group Volunteer PianistSinging For The Brain Group Volunteer Pianist


Singing for the Brain ® provides a structured group session for older people with dementia who may wish to attend alone or with a carer. The service is designed around the principles of music therapy and singing and offers everyone a chance to socialise and have fun in a safe and supported environment. The Charvil Singing for the Brain group is a large, well-established and lively group which meets on Thursday mornings between 10:30am and 12noon. It's supported by a wonderful team of volunteers who come along at about 10:00am to help set up and who remain afterwards for a similar amount of time to clear away. It's held at Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, RG10 9TR.

We're looking for a pianist who can come along to accompany the singing. They will work closely with the Lead volunteer who puts together the singing programme and leads the singing on the day. In addition to playing the piano, we'd love to find someone who would be happy welcoming and chatting with people with dementia and their carers and willing to help with whatever needs doing to ensure the session goes well.

The role will suit you if you...

  • Can play the piano to a good standard, sufficient to be able to competently accompany a range of popular songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s
  • Are happy volunteering as part of a team of volunteers and staff
  • Have some understanding of dementia and its impact on people or if not are willing to learn
  • Are willing to help out where needed in the group and help ensure those who attend have an enjoyable time

You don't need to be able to sing well to volunteer at the group - enthusiasm, empathy and an understanding of what the group is trying to achieve is what's most important!

The impact you will make...

One of the Society's most well-received services, Singing for the Brain offers a wonderful opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to get out and about, meet other people and share the enjoyment of a good old fashioned sing-along.

Information about the application process
Step 1: Pre-application: Input your details including your name and email address to register your interest. We will use this information to send you future Volunteer opportunity alerts if you opt to receive them, and to keep in contact with you about your application. By submitting this information you are indicating that you agree to this.
Step 2: Opportunity Alerts: Complete Step 2 for optional sign up for information on future vacancies at the Society
Step 3: Download, complete and return a registration form to Jane Penton, contact details below

If you have any questions or need more information about this role, please contact Jane Penton by email at or phone on or

How to apply

Register your details and send your completed Volunteer Registration Form by email to or by post to Floor 1, Ardenham Court, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8HT