Wellbeing Strand

Projects with a wellbeing focus, achieving personal, social, emotional and health/mental health outcomes in addition to musical outcomes. Our projects here help to address social isolation and build transferable skills.
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Current projects:

Musical Connections: is an established creative music-making project for isolated, vulnerable and marginalised adults, run in partnership Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The project has been running for over 22 years, funded from 2007-2017 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and highly commended in the Art, Mental Health & Wellbeing category of the National Positive Practice Awards 2015 & a shortlisted 2016 National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalist. The project has received excellent praise for the outcomes it has achieved, using music as a tool to create positive change - reducing isolation, and improving wellbeing. Project group sessions are currently supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, Arnold Clark Community Fund and individual donations. For further information, please see the Musical Connections project website: Musical Connections website.

Interested? All new members taken onto Musical Connections receive a series of FREE individual one-to-one sessions working with one of our experienced music leaders to build skills and confidence. These sessions are normally held monthly, scheduled around project group sessions and other project opportunities. Currently all new places on the project are either funded via individual Personalised Health Budgets (for adults eligible for Section 117 aftercare support) or as a direct result of public donations to the project (the most significant recently being donations in memory of local musician Kieran Binnie). If you are interested in joining Musical Connections then please do have a look at our Opportunities page for application details. Please see below for more information regarding our Personalised Health Budget offer.

Musical Connections Materials:

Musical Connections newsletters, video materials and worksheets created and sent out to members throughout the Covid19 lockdown can be viewed here. Activities and support were offered throughout the pandemic, with the option of face-to-face or online support under 'support category' guidance from Sept 2020.

 

From April 2018 - March 2020 our Arts Council England Organisational Development Project sustained our Music Support Worker provision for current Musical Connections members whilst also trialing new outreach delivery models in 5 areas across Birmingham & Solihull to enable us to reach further beneficiaries. See our Organisational Strand and Blog pages for our learning here. 

Our ‘Take Note – Music Aids Recovery’ conference held in October 2017 marked the end of our Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme funding for the project. The evaluation report launched at the Take Note conference can be found here. The keynote presentation by Alex Coulter of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing can be found here.

Personalised Health Budget Offer: please click here to find out more.

Wavelength: this project provides music making opportunities for young people aged 12-18 referred across mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull, from early detection and intervention services through to acute and forensic services. Please see our Young People strand for more information.

Plugin: this project is based in 5 inpatient settings across Birmingham and focuses on using accessible music technology to create new songs and music. Please see our Young People strand for more information.

 

Being Heard (Cerebral Palsy Midlands Project): A project working CP Midlands’ Being Heard Group, focused on raising awareness around disability arts through a new musical.

Past projects:

 

Hidden Voices: Quench Arts was a partner on this Carer's Music Fund project, working with MAC and Mencap to increase access to music-making for women and girls with caring responsibilities, funded through Spirit of 2012. See the national press release here.

Hear Me Now: a practical music making project for adult residents of both the Tamarind Centre and Reaside Clinic (medium secure forensic sites), utilising music for its therapeutic and social value and as a positive tool as a part of patient rehabilitation. Quench Arts were contracted directly by Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to devise and deliver this project during 2015-2016. 

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