Established in 2016, Music for Wellbeing is a Community Interest Company working primarily in Wiltshire and London. We run music sessions across the community and in care and educational settings. We are passionate about the power of participatory music to enable change within individuals, institutions and in relationships between people.
Our work focuses on four main areas: adults with long term health conditions (especially dementia and lung conditions), adults with learning disability, intergenerational music-making and training other community musicians and people who wish to incorporate participatory music-making into their work.
We have also developed local and national strategic partnerships. We are currently working jointly with Friends of Salisbury Medical Practice, a CIO in Salisbury, on a year-long, multi-site singing for lung health project which will also be evaluated. We are partnering with Dementia Pathfinders CIC to promote our training days in Wiltshire, and we are developing partnerships with other CICs and charities to
develop an accredited course in working musically with people with dementia.
We are developing innovative new models of delivery with singing for lung health and intergenerational music-making and our ethos is to work ‘with’ people to empower them, rather than ‘do music to’ people. This can be evidenced through our groups creating their own identities – The Salisbury Breathless Singers named themselves and have chosen their own logo, and Think Bubble was formed from the summer performance projects in London.
Music For Wellbeing’s Moving Music project is featured on That’s TV Wessex
Working musically with people with dementia: Music for Wellbeing CIC’s two days of training
Music for Wellbeing CIC are delighted to be running another two training days for people who work musically with people with dementia (or are interested in developing this aspect in their work). More details on our new training page
This project took place over 6 weeks in 2019 at an East London venue.
Adults with learning disability and their carers developed their performance skills in singing ,percussion playing and dance. A show was devised over the project and was presented to an invited audience at Stratford Circus.
The show was called The Rhythm Train and told the story of a young man’s journey on the soon to be opened Elizabeth Line. We encounters lots of musical characters on his journey.
Uke Can Do It! Old Sarum Ukulele Band
Our latest intergenerational project took place in Salisbury in partnership with Avonbourne Care Centre and Old Sarum Primary School. Building on the success of our 2017 ‘Hear My Voice, Share My Song’ community music project, we joined together again to learn the ukulele for 5 weeks.
More details on our blog
Music for Wellbeing launch Sing and Breathe Salisbury with partners
Summertime Sounds 2019 : Think Bubble presents “The Rhythm Train”
Music For Wellbeing has created the ‘Think Bubble’ performance troop who present their first show “The Rhythm Train” at Stratford Circus, East London at 3:30pm on Friday 23rd August.
It’s the culmination of these Summer Music Sounds workshops that we’ve been running since July 15th with over 40 participants. Expect glorious dances, original songs and the story of a train inspector whose working day takes many unusual turns and twists.
Many thanks for invaluable support to Flying Angel, Groundworks Culture Seeds, Barchester Charitable Foundation.
Send a message to reserve a free ticket.
Summertime Sounds 2019
After the success of last years summer music sessions in Newham, we are back!
Places are still available … it will be another wonderful day
Music for Wellbeing Training event in Salisbury – 27th June 2019
Explore the questions of planning, responding, creating and working musically with how people experience their dementia.
This one-day training will consider the skills needed to facilitate music workshops with people with dementia (including planning and reflection), working musically in a person-centred way to meet the needs of people living with dementia, songwriting and music creation, and incorporating basic technology into your workshops.
Making Music with People with Dementia – training in Salisbury
Our first sold out training day was a huge success. Well done and thank you to a wonderful group of participants.
Sing Out for Lung Health TV feature
An offshoot of the Salisbury ‘Breathless Choir’ , singing for better breathing, funded by Postcode Community Trust, in progress now for 18 months, Liv McLennan’s ‘Sing out for Lung Health’ gets much deserved recognition on That’s Salisbury TV . The project is eloquently explained by Liv herself.
Some highlights of the Music for Wellbeing “Summer Music Workshops” project 2018 at Flying Angels, Custom House, East London.
In this version of Hey Ya , Swaray sings wonderfully but can you identify the mysterious guitarist and xylophone player on the right?