21 years after our charity was started by a group of patients at London’s Highgate Mental Health Centre we’ve installed a new recording studio at the hospital. Brought about by the opportunity to move into the old pharmacy office and the long-held dreams, dedication and commitment of our team and service users it’s funded by music industry donations, with CCG support for studio sessions in addition to our existing busy programme of sessions on the wards at Highgate and St Pancras for the C&I trust.
The new studio will promote recovery through creativity and open a pathway to our programmes in the community for those looking to continue their musical interests post-discharge. These include our award-winning Music Industry Recovery Programme, recently launched record label, volunteer scheme, regular concerts and C&I Choir. Long-term the studio will also serve patients from the trust’s relocated acute wards from St Pancras Hospital to the new adjacent site.
Professor Wendy Savage, Lead Governor of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust says:
“Key Changes’ new studio at Highgate Mental Health Centre will bring the joy of music to patients at a time when they are most in need of positive, creative things to do. This gift to the trust at a time of increasing cuts is especially welcome. The Key Changes team will also be onsite to encourage patients (and staff!) to join the trust Choir at St Pancras Hospital.”