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Mark Scott

New Weekly Music Club Comes to Eastleigh This Summer

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SoCo Music Project is pleased to announce the launch of a new project, SoCo Music Club, that aims to empower young people and support their transition from youth to adult mental health services through music-making and health support and advice.

Working in partnership with Groundwork South and Solent Mind, and taking place from Energy Youth Centre, these weekly, open access workshops will provide young people aged 13 to 18 with an opportunity to explore topics around mental health whilst engaging in a variety of music-making activities. Participants will be supported with this through instrumental performance, songwriting, music technology and recording.

The project, funded by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, will help bridge the gap between youth and adult mental health services and will run on Thursday evenings from 7-8.30pm starting August 2nd. All abilities welcome – bring instruments if you have them!

Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood, whilst 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment. Over half of young people link mental illness with alienation and isolation.

For further information about this service, to make a referral, to volunteer or to offer financial support for this group, please contact mark@socomusicproject.org.uk.

 

SCC Caring Communities to fund ‘SoCo Mental Health Peer Support Music Group’ re-launch

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SoCo is delighted to announce the re-launch of the SoCo Mental Health Peer Support Music Group in Southampton. With support from Southampton City Council in the form of a Caring Communities Grant, this much-loved service is set to resume later in the summer following a 1-year hiatus. The funding is set to secure the future of the group for it’s first 6 months. Having previously run the group for 7 years, SoCo are extremely excited about its return, as Mark Scott, SoCo’s Adult Learning Manager explains:

“It’s great to be bringing back an important and valued offer that supports adults facing challenges around their mental health. With increased numbers of people being diagnosed with a mental health condition in the city, the service has been sorely missed. Our creative provision will enable participants to grow and improve their musical skills and develop vital support networks that will reduce social isolation.”

One in four adults will be affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime. The SoCo Mental Health Peer Support Music Group will provide opportunities for adults to engage in a range of participant-led activities that supports improvements in wellbeing, from music sharing and improvisation to group songwriting and performance. The sessions will run weekly from The Pavilion in Hoglands Park, Southampton city centre on Wednesdays 1.30-3.30pm starting August 1st.

For further information about this service, to make a referral, to volunteer or to offer financial support for this group, please contact mark@socomusicproject.org.uk.

Music For VI

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SoCo Music Project is delighted to announce a series of fun and exciting after school music-making sessions for young people with visual impairments. This project, funded by People’s Postcode Lottery, will enable students at Toynbee School to engage in unique workshops that encompass a variety of compositional and recording techniques. It follows a successful programme of creative engagement with Toynbee students last academic year, and will enable them to continue developing their musical journey whilst working towards accreditation through the Arts Award.

This project is part of SoCo’s substantial youth provision, working in Special Educational Needs & Disability settings across Southampton and Hampshire to provide innovative, creative intervention for a range of participants.

With sessions currently under way, Jim Chorley, Creative Practitioner at SoCo Music Project, is delighted to have the opportunity to continue working in partnership with Toynbee School and Global Music Visions C.I.C. to support the development of participants’ creative and social outcomes;

It has been a joy to work with the young people in the VI unit at Toynbee. Their musical creativity and enthusiasm is both inspiring and infectious. I’m looking forward to support the development of their considerable song writing and recording talents”.

For more information about this project, contact mark@socomusicproject.org.uk

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