Thanks to support from Glamorgan Voluntary Services through the Supporting Older People in the Vale Revenue Funding Scheme, With Music In Mind is able to extend its range of groups to Penarth so that more older people can access it’s informal and fun sessions.

With Music In Mind was set up 4 years ago by Vale residents Sarah Miles and Kate Whitestone and started in Cowbridge. They have since expanded to Barry, Llantwit Major, St Athan and now, Penarth. Groups are designed to be informal and fun and are open to anyone over the age of 50 – singing ability is not important! With Music In Mind is based on research that shows that singing in a group reduces stress and loneliness and improves memory, mood and wellbeing. Groups consist of an hour of group singing led by the musical director, Matthew, followed by refreshments, which are provided, and a further hour of social activities, such as quizzes, talks from outside speakers, Tai Chi provided by Age Connects, or simply a chance to catch up and chat.

Staff member, Lindsey Newman, who started working for With Music In Mind a year ago said, ‘Seeing the group members forming friendships within the groups which then continue on the outside is wonderful as this new friendship group would never have come about had they not started attending WMIM. I have had several members comment to be about how their self-confidence has improved since joining and so I am very excited to be offering this service to people in Penarth as well’.

The new group will be held at the St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Albert Road, Penarth on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, except the 2nd Wednesday every month, when the hall is being used for a different group. The first session will be on Wednesday 18th September 2019.

If you would like to talk to find out more about any of the groups, then see the website or phone Sarah and Kate on 07500 776295. Or, you can simply turn up!

In memory of Mike Gee

With Music In Mind regrets to announce that our board member, Mike Gee passed away on 14th June 2019.

Mike was one of the very first members of With Music In Mind and enthusiastically put himself forward to be on our Board of Directors. Mike was passionate about the aims and ethos of With Music In Mind and was always an ardent supporter. Board meetings were always fun with Mike around and he was never short of a joke or two! He cared greatly about the experience that With Music In Mind members had at group and was full of suggestions. He also helped with recruiting staff and was hugely helpful in all aspects of his role on the board.

Mike continued to attend the Cowbridge group as a member and regularly expressed enjoyment of the sessions. He was often the quiz champion due to his extensive knowledge base and everyone wanted him on their team.

Mike was a generous natured and big-hearted colleague and friend. He will be missed greatly by all at With Music In Mind.

Kate and Sarah

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WMIM sings at the Cowbridge May Fair

With Music In Mind members from our groups in Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Barry took to the stage ON Monday 6th May to entertain crowds at the Cowbridge May Fair. Singing well known songs, the singers impressed the audience and group leaders received lots of lovely positive feedback! Well done to everyone involved.


Groups will run on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st December.

We will be taking a two week Christmas break and groups will start back on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January.

With Music In Mind would like to wish all our group members and our supporters a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2019.

Sarah and Kate

Fundraiser Dinner Dance Success

With Music In Mind’s Annual Fundrasier took place on Friday 7th September at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge. Guests enjoyed a welcome glass of fizz with a selection of canapes followed by a two course meal with wine sponsored by Benchmark by Kingspan. There followed a hotly competitive silent auction and raffle before the guests danced the night away to the brilliant band, The Velveteens, sponsored by Cowbridge Dental Care.

We are delighted to announce that the final amount raised came to £2274.30, which will go straight towards running our singing and social groups.

Many thanks to our sponsors and to everyone who donated prizes.

Ben Whitestone Runs Newport Marathon for With Music In Mind

On Sunday 29th April Ben Whitestone ran the Newport Marathon in aid of With Music In Mind as part of a bigger challenge he has set himself, in which he will also complete a Tough Mudder in Whistler, Canada and the Swansea Half Marathon later this summer. 

So far he has raised a brilliant £625! Many many thanks go to all his sponsors and, of course, to Ben himself. 

If you would like to sponsor Ben for his ongoing challenge, you can do so by clicking the link to the secure fundraising page.


A letter from the managing directors.

2018 price rise

Dear Member,

When With Music In Mind started in September 2015, the price for members was £4 and was run on an entirely voluntary basis.

As you may know, With Music In Mind was partially funded in 2017 by a grant from the National Lottery, which helped to cover the costs of the group and enabled staff to be paid a small amount for one day a week.  This project has now come to an end.

We will continue to apply for further funding from a variety of sources, but of course, it is not certain as to whether we will be successful in this.

With Music In Mind held its biannual board meeting on the 18th January 2018 and after much discussion the board agreed that in order for With Music In Mind to continue with its groups a price rise was necessary. It was agreed that in order to meet the costs of running the groups and to ensure that the organisation remained viable the cost should be raised to £6 per person per session with immediate effect. It was felt that this reflected the value of the 2 hour group to its members and also reflected that the price has not been raised for well over 2 years. We aim to ensure that we will not need to further increase the price to members for the next 2 years at least.

We are sorry if this causes you any inconvenience although we feel sure that you understand the reasons. We understand that With Music In Mind means a lot to you, and so, if you have personal difficulties with meeting the price rise, please talk to Sarah and Kate and we will see what we can do to help.


Many thanks for your understanding

Sarah Miles and Kate Whitestone

Managing Directors


"Songs from the Musicals" a huge success!

WMIM members sang in the Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge on Saturday 14th October to an audience of over 60! The singers sang beautifully and we’ve been inundated with praise for the group! Thank you to Andrew Matthews, our guest soloist and a special congratulations to all our group members who sang solos! 
We are also delighted to announce that with ticket sales, raffle and sales of our Christmas cards over £560 was raised which will go towards the running of our Cowbridge and Barry groups! Thank you to all who came and supported us!

See our gallery for more images from the night.

Exciting Project gets funding from Glamorgan Voluntary Services!

With Music In Mind is thrilled to announce a new project which is supported by Glamorgan Voluntary Services through the Supporting Older People in the Vale Revenue Funding Scheme.

The project will consist of four workshops with our musical director where WMIM members will have an opportunity to write two songs, followed by a trip to a recording studio to record the songs!

We know that many of our members already have ideas and are excited to get started on this project. We will keep you up to date with our progress on our social media!