creative directions in the community
Creative, music-making opportunities for Askern & Edlington residents with & without experience of mental ill health/social isolation
Professional musicians collaborate with participants to devise new songs and compositions that celebrate and journey through the past, present and future of Doncaster’s communities. Creative Directions offers weekly opportunities to experiment with vocal and instrumentation techniques. Through sustained engagement we improve people’s wellbeing and support individuals to develop the strategies needed to maintain good mental health.
Musicians get to know individuals and design activity in response to ideas, interests and abilities. Changes start small: we will build participant trust and confidence e.g. to enter the building, make eye contact or initiate conversation. Activity is a tangible framework to work within, enabling independent thought. Ideas are responded to positively, with no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ so participants cannot fail. Participants’ confidence increases. Through positive reinforcement, contributions emerge. There’s no judgement; participants’ input is valid and others are interested. The group begins to bond and relax – participants feel less a ‘medical condition’, more an individual; enabling participants to build social connections, feeling less isolated.
darts runs two Creative Directions music groups in Edlington and Askern in partnership with Doncaster Public Health. Sessions are free and people are encouraged to just turn up and have a go.
Every Tuesday at the Edlington Community Organisation at Yorkshire Community Centre, New Edlington, DN12 1AB
Every Thursday at Alexander House, High St, Askern, Doncaster, DN6 0AB
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