Social Prescribing and Open Access Opportunities
We are excited to have recently launched 2 new programmes run on a social prescribing/open access model. These are our first foray into a chargeable model for participants but we are mindful of the cost of living crisis and are offering some discounted rates. We are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for their National Lottery Project Grant support to help us trial these programmes – their funding is subsidising the programmes to help keep the group sizes small, so that we can meet everyone’s needs. We have just finished the first term of sessions. More programmes will be coming later in the year!
STOP PRESS - NEW PROGRAMME LAUNCH!!
Singalong Socials with Paul & Emma
Mondays, 10.30am-12.30pm at The Kenrick Centre
We are running some lovely singalong social sessions for older adults at The Kenrick Centre thanks to funding from Arts Council England & Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme & in partnership with Age UK Birmingham. If you'd like to come along, please register on https://forms.gle/m8jhB8j2KHQPiS9g7 or give us a call.
Click here to download the flyer with booking/ referral information.
Female Group Music Making with Gina - new dates launched!
Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm, with a break over half term.
These Female Group Music Making sessions have been designed for women aged 18+ who would feel more comfortable in a female only space. The sessions will focus on group music making, lyric & songwriting. People with all levels of musical experience, stylistic interests & cultural backgrounds are welcome. The sessions are inclusive so accessible to all, including those at the start of their musical journey. The sessions will run termly, each term being 10 weeks with a break for half term. The programme will particularly benefit women feeling socially isolated. It will help build musical & interpersonal skills & confidence & help participants to meet other local people with similar interests & experiences. Email email@example.com if you are interested in joining!
Musical Connections -
Musical Connections is a network for vulnerable and isolated adults including mental health service users living in Birmingham, Solihull & Sandwell. The project has been running for over 22 years. We understand the impact on mental health that coronavirus has had and appreciate the ongoing challenges, grief and social anxieties that remain. We know that many people struggled with the isolation of lockdown, the impact of restrictions on life and the unpredictability of the pandemic, especially those vulnerable in other ways. We also appreciate that the situation was exacerbated for those with existing mental health conditions and/or needing to shield, who were without access to the activities, friends and support that help people stay well. We aim for Musical Connections to help rebuild your confidence, using music to help you to express your feelings and to connect you with others with similar interests and experiences.
STOP PRESS! Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme we now able to confirm that Musical Connections can continue for another 3 years and so are now accepting applications and referrals! Click on the flyer image below to find our more about the project and download the application form.
Wavelength - a FREE, community-based, creative music making programme for young people aged 14-25 with mental health conditions living in Birmingham and Solihull.
STOP PRESS! Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme we now able to confirm that Wavelength can continue for another 3 years and so are now accepting applications and referrals! Click on the flyer image below to download the application form.
Plugin - a FREE creative music-making project for young inpatients aged 12-25, focused on using music technology to achieve musical and wellbeing outcomes. The project aims to build participants’ self-esteem, help them connect with others and encourage them to express their feelings and emotions through music. The Plugin project is running in the following settings from April 2022 for 3 years:
Ardeleigh FCAMHS and Adriatic Ward, Birmingham
Birmingham Children's Hospital Parkview Clinic (all wards)
Woodbourne Priory Hospital, Birmingham
Cygnet Joyce Parker Hospital, Coventry
If you (or your child) are an inpatient in one of these settings and would like to take part, please speak to your keyworker to register interest and to obtain a simple application.
4 YOUNG MUSIC LEADER ROLES
The deadline for 2023 applications has now passed. We will be recruiting again in early 2024.
These Young Music Leader roles will cover one project year of Plugin activity, funded by Youth Music, with match funding from project settings. Though our grant is for 3 years, the role is for 1 project year only, so that the development opportunity can be offered to other Young Music Leaders in future years.
8 YOUNG MUSIC LEADER ROLES
We have now finished recruiting for the You are Gold training opportunity which includes a paid bursary to deliver a community music project - keep an look out for opportunities to take part in the trainees' projects!
To address our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion priorities, these opportunities were specifically aimed at young people meeting any of the following criteria: from a Black or Asian background; identifying as having a physical disability; coming from a low socio-economic background; not having accessed further/ higher education; identifying as female.
We currently have no vacancies but do check back soon!
If you have a general enquiry about working for Quench Arts in the future then please get in contact to introduce yourself and your work. Please note that the majority of our staff are employed on a freelance, fixed term basis, attached to specific programmes of work. Therefore, we are unlikely to have any immediate openings when you do get in touch. However, we are always interested to hear from you and can keep you in mind for future project opportunities. We always do our best to support the development of those we work with and many of our staff have progressed through our trainee roles/training opportunities to lead facilitator roles for Quench Arts and other local organisations.
Musical Connections Volunteers x 3 roles (with associated training)
We are now recruiting for 3 new volunteers for our Musical Connections project. The deadline for applications is 21st February 2024. To download an application pack, click on the pdf below!