As some of you will know, we recently underwent a full evaluation of the Heron Cafe, published in the Journal of Public Mental Health. We found that the Heron Café allows participants to feel better connected with others, improve physical well-being, gain new skills and develop a volunteering spirit – all while inducing feelings of pleasure. 

As a result of our article, the Emerald Publishing Group (who publish the Journal of Public Mental Health) got in touch to ask us to contribute to their ‘Human Flourishing‘ campaign, which works to ensure that ‘all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity, equality, and in a healthy environment‘. 

Naturally, we jumped at the chance to be involved with such a positive scheme, especially one that fits so well with our own values. Musicworks’ own John Osborne and Farai Pfende, along with Dr Mathew Nyashanu, put together a short written piece that makes the case for inclusive singing groups and the power that music has to improve wellbeing. Anyone familiar with our unique Heron Cafe will immediately recognise the description of our cafe in the opening paragraph: 

‘To attend a session of the Heron Music Café for Wellbeing is to experience the absolute joy of community music engagement. Within minutes of being present, there can be no doubt of the power of music to bring people together and to help them flourish.’

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