by John Quinn in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people with acquired brain injury through songwriting and music creation.

by John Quinn in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

The Songwriting Charity was founded in 2011 with a specific purpose and objective, to empower children, young people and communities through the art and craft of songwriting, boosting confidence, self esteem and mental health through participation in songwriting and music making programmes. 

Over the course of the pandemic we started a new pilot project supporting young people (and their families) that have suffered a brain injury. We have been running monthly sessions with a number of young people in the Cambridge area via Microsoft Teams and a couple of in person sessions too. To date we have delivered over 20 sessions funded by us. Session lengths vary depending on the individuals needs. 

1633348051_connections_online_session_image_2021-10-01_at_13.51.06.jpegWe have been working with support from Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR) based in Cambridge. Initial introductory sessions were supervised by a member of the CCPNR team and the project continues to have positive impact on beneficiaries. We're confident that now is the time to build on our initial successes and develop the programme further.

The primary objective of our new project is to achieve a demonstrable boost to the health and wellbeing of young people with acquired brain injury through their participation and engagement in one to one or small group songwriting, music and creative art workshops. 

The output of that engagement will be a collection of songs, compositions, soundscapes, artwork, dance, videos and performances created entirely by the young people with our full support and guidance along the way.

The secondary objective is to prove that this approach can minimise the damaging impact of social isolation felt by young people, their families and carers following a traumatic event by bringing them all together at various stages of the creative process as participants. 


We hope to be able to make this offering more widely available and reach more young people and their support networks across not just Cambridgeshire, but regionally and nationally. Our good friends at Behringer and KORG UK have been incredibly generous supporters of all our projects, particularly during this ongoing challenge to the health and mental health of young people in our communities.

With your support we can make this project bigger and support even more young people in real need of a safe and supportive creative space to explore their thoughts, worries, concerns and their dreams!

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