Resonate operates in East Sussex, providing a variety of projects to support well-being through collaborative music making in community and mental health settings. They also provide a range of training and mentoring opportunities for Community Music practitioners. Resonate’s flagship music project is run at the Hellingly Centre, a forensic mental health facility near Hailsham. The centre supports adults living with acute mental health difficulties who have become involved in the criminal justice system.
At the October 2022 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £4,876, split over a two-year period. Funding will support the well-being of Hellingly Centre residents by helping Resonate to provide one-to-one and group music sessions that are carefully tailored around the interests and needs of those taking part. It will help to establish a women’s ward community choir and enable training for NHS staff to support music making at the centre. Music produced by participants of the project will be showcased in celebration events at the centre, on community radio and via social media. Around 12 residents at the centre will be supported to participate in the music programme each week.
Anticipated outcomes include participants having increased feelings of connectedness and well-being; increased self-worth; and for participants to benefit through experiencing song writing and music making as a creative outlet.