The Heron Well Being Music Cafe

The charity musicworks is pleased to be providing live music sessions in the local community to enhance wellbeing. 

Heron Music Café

Aims

  1. To use live music sessions to improve wellbeing in the community
  2. To provide a dementia friendly space and event for people with dementia and their carers
  3. To offer an inclusive space and event welcoming people with other conditions or experiencing loneliness/isolation
  4. To pay community musicians and music practitioners fairly for their work

How?

Music sessions will be facilitated by talented Music Practitioners who are experienced in delivering music sessions that enhance wellbeing in a range of settings. They have the skills to engage and encourage participants to take the key steps towards wellbeing listed below:

  • Connect with others
  • Be active
  • Learn something
  • Be mindful
  • Give to others

Participants will be drawn from the local community and may have a dementia, mental health illness (with or without formal diagnosis) or experiencing social isolation. The project whilst dementia friendly aims to be more inclusive than the traditional “dementia music café”. We hope that this will:

  • enable a wide range of people to benefit from the sessions
  • raise awareness about mental health, including dementia
  • reduce stigma/isolation/segregation of people with mental health conditions (including dementia) and their carers
  • attract a mixed generation and audience to the health and wellbeing benefits of live community music

The sessions will include a small evaluation. Results are intended for sharing with:

  • our donors and stakeholders
  • the general public via press and social media platforms, presentation and events

As such consent will be sought from participants, volunteers and music facilitators to give feedback via short questionnaires and interviews as well as consent to photography, video recording.

The charity welcomes donations, grants and gifts to enable The Heron Cafes to remain FREE of charge to those who use and benefit from these music experiences.