We provide in-reach services for children, adolescents and adults receiving treatment on acute, intensive care, forensic and rehabilitation psychiatric wards in hospitals in London and across the UK.
Using the latest iPad music technology and apps our specially trained musicians and producers encourage patient engagement in music activities including DJ-ing, singing, MC-ing, songwriting, beatmaking, production, recording and performance. The sessions offer an accessible and energising mix of contemporary music styles including hip hop, soul, r’n’b, reggae, rock, folk, funk, dubstep and anything in between!
Patients are supported and encouraged to step up to the mic, have a go mixing on the decks, learn music technology, write lyrics, make beats, produce and record tracks or simply enjoy the sounds.
The objectives are based around social inclusion and recovery and include:
- Develop social, communication, creative, technical and vocational skills
- Rekindle ability to express feelings, make choices, take turns and respect the views and tastes of others
- Opportunity to re-engage in leisure interest and spend time with others who have a common interest in music
- Bringing patients and staff together in a positive activity
- Space to foster hope and aspirations for the future
- Signpost progression to music services in the community post-discharge
We work closely with ward staff to tailor session format and content to suit ward specialisms and patient interests. An audit after each session reviews clinical feedback, patient engagement and comments and can be included in patient satisfaction surveys.
Our approach is effective in engaging patients who may not be participating in other ward activities. It is a useful way of signposting patients to our community programme, and visits to our studio can be arranged with ward staff. Regular attendance can lead to significant improvement in patient presentation and increased ward leave and can help to contribute to care planning post-discharge from hospital.
Our core service in the community offers tailored one-to-one sessions in professionally equipped music studios with music industry mentors for musicians, singers, MC’s, and producers who are using mental health services.
Activities include songwriting and composition, instrumental and vocal coaching, beatmaking, production, recording, and performance skills. All skills levels are supported from beginners with little or no musical experience to people who have had professional backgrounds in the music industry.
- One-to-one studio sessions with a professional musician / producer
- Fully-equipped writing, production and recording studios
- Specially trained music industry mentors
- Culturally relevant music styles including hiphop, soul, rock, reggae, grime, jazz, folk, drum’n’bass, trap, dubstep, etc.
- Concerts, festivals and events
- Pre-start assessment and taster session, ongoing contact with Care Coordinator and health and social care services throughout engagement
- Signposting to additional support with health and wellbeing, advocacy, legal, business, finance, housing advice, etc,
- Progression to continuing education, volunteering opportunities, work experience and employment
Our step-by-step referral pathway includes a taster session in our studio to assess musical interests and aspirations and any access / risk issues that could affect participation.
To be eligible you must be using mental health services and referred by a Care Coordinator or other health and social care professional. Confirmation of funding through a personal budget is required before a start date can be given. Terms and Conditions apply.
We also provide group-based activities including a community choir and our weekly “Health and Social” drop-in with football, open mic, cafe, art, table tennis, gardening, snooker, social media workshop and other pro-social activities.
From time-to-time we can offer discretionary funded services for specific groups. Currently this includes:
- Young people 25yrs-and-under affected by mental health issues in the London Borough of Islington
- Ex-armed forces personnel in London using mental health services or affected by depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance or alcohol problems
We also welcome enquiries from organisations and service providers regarding bespoke projects, taster sessions or one-off events.
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Live performance is a key component of our therapeutic approach. Performing original material produced in our studios at concerts and events provides a boost to service users’ confidence and self-esteem and is a powerful way of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. Our regular shows at mainstream venues and in mental health settings are energising and life-affirming for performers and audiences alike. See our events page for upcoming shows. Our talented singers, rappers and musicians can provide a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and we welcome booking enquiries from promoters and event organisers.
During engagement we work with clients to to identify opportunities for progression to continuing training, volunteering, work experience and employment through our partnerships with community and music industry organisations, training providers and work programmes.
We also offer in-house volunteer opportunities that provide work experience placements for service users in a music setting with training and support.
Bespoke mental health awareness and music mentoring training for groups and organisations can also be provided. Please contact us for more information.