Project information

Music for Good Mental Health

Upbeat are proposing to run a series of music workshops from January - April 2015 for people with mental health issues in Camden. The project will culminate in three events in which the musicians will perform their original songs. Additionally the tracks will be recorded in a professional studio.

January 2015 - April 2015

Charity information: Upbeat Music And Mental Health Limited

Upbeat Music And Mental Health Limited logo
  • Need

    Need

    Our project uses music as the medium for working with people with mental health issues. We find that many people living in the community find it difficult to cope not just on day to day tasks but have a lack of emotional support and a purpose. This is particularly true of the London Borough of Camden:

    *“Camden has one of the highest needs for mental health services in the country (109% above the England average)” (Public Health Report 2007 Camden PCT)

    Solution

    We will help 30 people over four months who are resident in Camden and who have mental health issues. Their illnesses range from anxiety and depressions to psychoses. We will offer a supportive environment and where necessary individual help in signposting more intensive support.
    We work with a number of partner organisations who will benefit through the support we will give to their clients in developing more positive feelings that arise from social contact and personal achievements.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Combating personal isolation

    Activities

    » Through being involved in music groups, performing live where appropriate, and working as part of a team

    Number of people engaged


    Aim 2

    Improving individual confidence and self-esteem

    Activities

    » By gaining or refreshing new music and/or performance skills

    Number of people performing


    Aim 3

    Providing a creative and therapeutic outlet

    Activities

    » By providing a space in which individuals can express themselves

    Number of workshops and events provided


    Aim 4

    Providing opportunities

    Activities

    » to access music and performance

    Number of people moving on to education/further engagement


    Aim 5

    Leading to possible employment

    Activities

    » By gaining contacts and experience.

    Number of people moving on to employment/volunteering


  • Impact

    Impact

    We will set up a baseline questionnaire at the beginning of the project and regularly update progress both with the tutors and individual participants. We will be looking for skills gained but also more ephemeral progress like self-confidence, social interaction, and positive feelings about self. At the end of the project we will assess the success of the project as a whole and what it has meant for individuals, volunteers and staff.

    Risk

    Budget not sufficient to deliver outcomes - Low - Small contingency and realistic budget
    Not enough volunteers recruited- Low – Waiting list of volunteers
    Not enough participants - Low - We have never had a problem recruiting – in this unlikely event we will make contact with other organisations for publicity and referral
    Participants dropping out from the project - Low - We have allowed for some drop out, which is to be expected due to the client base

    Reporting

    We will use the results of the project evaluation to share with donors in the form of a written report on the successes and what we have learnt to make the next project event more successful. We also invite donors to our events, share our images, films and recordings for publicity purposes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,250 Music Tutors, Technicians, Vol 30 workshops & 3 events
      £2,360 Venue Hire 30 workshops & 3 events
      £3,000 Studio Recording & Techician H 4 days plus Mp3's & production
      £1,340 Transport,Telephone & Refreshm 30 workshops & 3 events
      £8,750 Project & Event Management Fee 35 days
      £1,800 Marketing/ Promotional Materia Printing, Designing, Web
      £2,500 Upbeat admin fees 10% of whole project
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be based in the New Fitzrovia Community Centre, Foley Street W1, a newly refurbished, fully accessible venue developed with the University College London Hospital (UCLH), and the London Borough of Camden. Upbeat strongly complements the venue’s ‘Community Health Project’ aims and ethos.
    The venue’s central location and excellent transport links will benefit Upbeat members in terms of access

    Beneficiaries

    We will help 30 people over four months who are resident in Camden who have mental health issues. Their illnesses range from anxiety and depressions to psychoses. We will offer a supportive environment and where necessary individual help in signposting more intensive support.
    We work with a number of partner organisations who will benefit through the support we will give to their clients in developing more positive feelings that arise from social contact and personal achievements.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Upbeat is a grassroots organisation established by Camden Mental Health Service users in 2006 in direct response to the their own needs and others like themselves in Camden. Upbeat’s creative community contains a wonderfully eclectic mix of musicians and performers that truly reflects the rich cultural history of Camden and the wider London area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Lucia Jaffer

    Director / Company Secretary Developed the original project idea into a successful charity

    Tulloch Kempe

    Chairman Instrumental in setting up the project idea in 2006

    Louis Vause

    Vice Chairman Founder member

    Chris Leeds

    Music Tutor / Sound Technician