|Organisation||Quench Arts Musical Wonderland|
Afro Caribbean Millennium Centre
339 Dudley Road
Musical Connections is an established creative music-making project for isolated, vulnerable and marginalised adults, run in partnership Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The project has been running for over 21 years, funded from 2007-2017 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and was highly commended in the Art, Mental Health & Wellbeing category of the National Positive Practice Awards 2015 & a shortlisted 2016 National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalist. The project has received excellent praise for the outcomes it has achieved, using music as a tool to create positive change - reducing isolation, and improving wellbeing. See the project website here: Musical Connections website. Our ‘Take Note – Music Aids Recovery’ conference in October 2017 marked the end of our Reaching Communities funding for the project but, through our Arts Council England Organisational Development Project detailed below, we are sustaining our Music Support Worker provision for current Musical Connections members whilst also trialling new outreach delivery models in 5 areas across Birmingham & Solihull to enable us to reach further beneficiaries.