NHS Gloucestershire CCG has commissioned us to provide free music-therapy-led sessions as part of their Arts on Prescription programme (via the Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium). Until March 2021, you can refer young people with long-term conditions to us for up to 10x 1 hour sessions, to help improve their wellbeing.
The 1:1 or small group to sessions are bespoke and structured around the young person’s likes and wants, based on the principles of “What Matter to Me”. This may be song-writing, learning an instrument, singing, rapping, music tech and computer game soundtracks. No previous musical experience is necessary.
Music has repeatedly been found to be beneficial for mental and emotional wellbeing. And in a 2019 Youth Music survey, 85% of 7-17 year olds in England reported that music made them feel happy.
I struggle with the physical side of chronic pain – but when I come to the music group, I can do way more than I can at home. I can stand for hours, I can walk around…I can basically feel more normal again. My physical pain can often lead to depression. But when I arrive at the music group, that goes away – at least for that one hour.