Formerly run by Southern Health, SoCo opened it’s doors to the group when Bedford House closed in 2010 and our Adult Learning Programme began.

The group has continued to meet weekly ever since and promotes the development of peer support learning through musical performance, songwriting and recording that spans a range of musical genres. As our longest running group, we have seen first hand the huge benefits consistent engagement in the arts brings to those with mental health issues and this group has enabled participants to develop friendships and social networks that have reached far beyond that of conventional support.

The group now runs from the Pavilion in Hoglands Park and we are currently looking for funding to secure its future and to support the continuation of an essential service to those living with mental health issues in Southampton. If you are able to support this group financially, please get in contact or visit our Giving Page.

I really enjoy using my voice. This group has given me the opportunity to get out and meet other people – it is something for me to leave the house for. I hope to play more music at home and learn about/play different kinds of music.

Participant

The facilitators are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They obviously love and believe what they are doing.

Participant

If it hadn’t have been for SoCo, a very important therapeutic facility would have been lost in the city. This is a stable group and is the foundations of many other groups that have come out of it

Participant

It’s hard to quantify the effect of this group because if it improves participants’ mental health and wellbeing, it has a knock-on effect to friends, family etc. Since being part of this group I haven’t been hospitalised due to the improvement in confidence of this group and how it has carried on into all aspects of my life – it is a very important part of my week and life. It has given me a reason to be glad to be alive

Participant

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