Musical Connections - Musical Connections is a network for vulnerable and isolated adults including mental health service users living in Birmingham & Solihull. The project has been running for over 22 years. We understand the impact on mental health that the coronavirus has had. Many people have struggled with the isolation of lockdown & many have anxiety about the easing of restrictions, especially those vulnerable in other ways. This situation is exacerbated for those with existing mental health conditions without access to the activities, friends and support that help people stay well. We believe that music can help you express your feelings and keep you connected.
As a result of support from the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund we are now able to offer 20 new FREE places on our Musical Connections project to those who would most benefit. No previous musical experience is needed, just a willingness to have a go & take part...after all, anyone can have a brilliant musical idea! If you are already a proficient musician, that’s fine too!
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 12-18 with mental health conditions living in Birmingham and Solihull. We are currently accepting applications for this project. Clink 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 project is based in 5 hospital settings:
Ardeleigh FCAMHS and Adriatic Ward
Birmingham Children's Hospital Parkview Clinic (all wards)
Birmingham Children's Hospital oncology/burns wards
Woodbourne Priory Hospital
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.
Interface - Age 18-25? Into music tech – software/hardware? Make your own tracks or beats? Or are you a DJ/ MC working with live samples, or an instrumentalist/vocalist using loop pedals? Our new Interface project is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with others to form a new group that’s a bit different & quirky and, at the same time, to use your skills to develop as a young music leader.
We are currently recruiting 5 young people aged 18-25 years old who will not only take part in the project as participants but who are interested developing and training as young music leaders. We will be offering a bursary through the project for these young people to complete our newly validated Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators qualification through our New Horizons programme (a value of c £2000).
We are particularly keen to hear from people from Black or Asian backgrounds &/or those identifying as having a disability, to help address areas of under representation in our young emerging workforce. Click on the flyer image to the left to download the 4 page flyer below to find out more information and how to apply.
New Horizons - This page will be updated with details of our next course soon.
Project Shadowing/ Young Music Leader/ Supported Music Leader Roles - These roles have all been filled for 2020. New opportunities will be advertised below as they arise.
We currently have no vacancies. If you are interested in 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.
Plugin Project Young Music Leaders (YML) x 3 roles
Please note: these roles have been filled for 2020 but we will be advertising in Dec 2020 for 3 new Young Music Leaders for 2021. We have left the brief and person specification here to help any young music leaders considering an application to understand the skills and experience that we are looking for.
Wavelength Volunteer Peer Mentor x 2 roles
Our Wavelength Volunteer Peer Mentor roles have been filled for 2019-20 but we will be recruiting for 2 additional young people aged 18-25 years old in November 2020.
Sorry, all our other volunteer role have been filled for current projects. Please give us a follow on our social media sites to find out about any future volunteering opportunities.