Herald Lodge care home in Coventry has joined forces with Hereward College to make a students’ dream of becoming an entertainer a reality.
Performing Arts student, Joel McCormack, has been entertaining the residents at Herald Lodge over the summer with his DJ sets, which have been so well received that he has been invited to become a permanent entertainer.
DJ Joel is currently studying at Hereward College, a further education college specialising in skills for independent living and employment for young people with disabilities and additional needs. He has had a bespoke music station created so that he can perform from his wheelchair and each week he visits Herald Lodge to play classic hits to the residents and take special requests. His DJ residency at the home is not only contributing towards his studies, but is also helping the residents to reminisce through the power of music.
Rachel Hallinan, Home Manager at Herald Lodge, said: “The residents at Herald Lodge absolutely love DJ Joel and his weekly visits have been so popular that we’ve asked him to become our in-house DJ! Music therapy has so many fantastic benefits so it’s wonderful to see Joel playing his part in bringing back some special memories for our residents. His confidence grows week by week and he’s a real star to everyone at Herald Lodge.”
Joel added: “The residents at Herald Lodge are my best audience. I love making them laugh and smile and it’s fantastic to see everyone singing along and dancing. I look forward to coming to the home so I’m thrilled that they’ve asked me to come back on a regular basis.”
DJ Joel will be performing at Herald Lodge every week and members of the public are welcome to visit the home to enjoy his DJ set.
Herald Lodge offers 24-hour residential and dementia care for 42 people on an inclusive fee basis for total peace of mind. Boasting a modern and luxurious setting, including a sensory room, cinema room and café, residents can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers.