Beat The Blues is a programme of music performances and music-based workshops run at hospitals and mental health units around the city for in-patients to support them in their rehabilitation. We have run sessions in DJ’ing, Song Writing and Guitar along with lunchtime music performances to bring moments of inspiration, expression and enjoyment during a stay in hospital. It also provides a pathway back to social activities for people when they leave hospital, so that they can re-connect with their communities, Cloth Cat and our users.
Feedback is that the wards were calmer and relationships between staff and patients improved in the days following a music session. Cloth Cat delivers these sessions as funding allows.