Since 2012, SoCo has developed a range of music engagement programmes for adults with alcohol and/or substance misuse issues in partnership support providers such as Society of St James, Change Grow Live, Richmond Fellowship and No Limits.
Central to this has been our flagship programme, the SoCo Jamming Sessions, a weekly music performance session that supports a core group of aspiring musicians to hone their musical skills by learning and performing cover songs and composing their own material. Participants from this group have performed as The Recovery All-Stars at several high-profile events across Southampton such as Umbrella Arts Festival and The Big Sleep Out.
The Benefits of Music-Making For Those In Recovery From Addiction
Our activities form a key component of many service users’ recovery programme. They have become a vital lifeline to many of our partner’s service users as the unique delivery format continues to inspire participants, enabling them to develop their personal and social skills and thus continue to build their recovery capital. Our programmes:
- Build participants’ recovery capital by fostering greater engagement with the recovery process, and developing healthy relationships.
- Promote positive mental health, raise self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Create an outlet for self-expression through music sharing, improvisation and song/lyric writing.
- Facilitate participants’ rehabilitation into society by reducing social isolation and building vital support networks.
- Provide opportunities for participants to explore and discover music-making and to develop their musical, creative and transferable skills. In particular, their instrumental, vocal and performance skills.
- Provide fun and innovative ‘diversionary‘ creative activities.
Our work in this field contributes to a wider adult learning programme, read more about this project and others in our Adult Learning Report.