Canterbury music and dance project helps mental health and wellbeing

Contributed by editor on Feb 09, 2017 - 02:01 PM

A music and dance project which can help improve the mental health and wellbeing of those who take part is being supported in Canterbury.



Music to my ears

Kent County Councillor for Canterbury City South West, Martin Vye has given £750 of his combined members grant to Music for Change - a scheme that brings culturally diverse music and dance into the classroom and the community.

The money allowed them to run a successful music and songwriting project with service users form Porchlight, a charity that supports vulnerable and homeless people in Kent, in Canterbury.

It supported some of the most disadvantaged people in East Kent.


The activity helped to build participant’s confidence and a sense of community for those who are vulnerable, isolated or marginalised.

Porchlight manager Rosie Escott praised the project saying: “The project improved the mental health and wellbeing of those who took part, including some young participants aged 16-25”.

These are quotes from people taking part in the project:

- “I have been feeling pretty depressed and singing helps me a lot”

- “Very stress relieving.”

- “It was a really amazing session today, really great and awesome.”

- “It has been an awesome, amazing, wonderful music session.

- “Brilliant.”

“I found that training was really good and singing was good too.”

- “I found that my confidence has improved quite a lot through playing music and singing and getting involved with other people”


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