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What provision exists in York?

A summary of the notes from the roundtable discussions regarding existing provision in York (weblinks have been provided wherever possible):

  • Vocal Flourish dementia-friendly choir led by Ruth McCartney 
  • Singing and Signing choir for Deaf young people led by Molly Newton and Helen Martin
  • Recovery Rocks choir (part of York in Recovery, working to promote Abstinence and Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction in York)
  • Hempland Community Choir/Wellbeing Choir led by Buffy Breakwell
  • York Voices a WEA project led by  Kerry Merriam, with an upcoming Community Singing event at Explore York
  • University of York Gospel Choir Zamar  
Community music provision:
  • NCEM Learning & Participation programme - year round provision of a variety of musical offers, including community projects linked to three Early Music Festivals
  • Music4U - musical inclusion for young people living in challenging circumstances in York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • NYMAZ - musical inclusion for young people in North Yorkshire 
  • Tang Hall SMART  - often working with vulnerable young people
  • Jam Factory - popular music courses for young people 
  • Cobweb Orchestra - open access community orchestra
  • Songbox - family music groups and seniors sessions  
  • All Seasons Orchestra - open access community orchestra led by Catherine Shackell 
Cross-arts provision:
  • Converge - arts for mental health, based at York St John University
  • The Hut - social and creative space for adults with enduring mental health conditions and learning disabilities 
  • Accessible Arts and Media - inclusive arts and media projects for young people and adults with disabilities. Includes Hands and Voices choir
  • Arts Barge - community arts projects, including arts therapies 
Arts provision linked to other mental health services:
Arts provision in hospitals:
Arts provision in care homes and with the older community:
  • Musical Connections led by Fiona Chapman - work in care homes and intergenerational projects 
  • Alzheimers Society's  Singing for the Brain has a group held in Osbaldwick
  • Age UK runs 8 clubs in York, some of which focus on singing and music-making 
  • There is an older people's singing group held at The Mitre Pub
University offers:
  • MEG (University of York's Music Education Group) runs projects with SEN and mainstream schools, mental health settings (in partnership with The Retreat), Harmony Café (dementia focus, in partnership with Minds in Motion), hospitals (stroke rehab and mental health, and Music Wednesdays visiting wards across York District Hospital).
  • International Centre for Community Music at York St John University - supporting community music through research  
  • York St John student involvement via Community Music module placements
  • University of York Community Music MA and Undergraduate student placements