The People's Choir
Dr Theo Stickley (Associate Professor of Mental Health)
Kevin Blakey (OT, Community Rehab Team South, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
Start and End Dates
June 2012 – November 2018
- To collaboratively create a community-based choir.
- To ensure that it is inclusive for people who might be vulnerable, isolated, lacking in confidence etc.
- To create a network that is focused upon enjoyment and friendship.
- To help facilitate new friendships and new social networks.
- To make this enterprise sustainable.
- To embed a research project within the choir. It is hoped that this pilot will pave the way for the network to collaborate in applying for funds for a larger study.
Outcomes so far
- “In kind” support from the Royal Centre for pro bono hire of meeting space
- 130 attendees
- Raised £2,125 in subscriptions
- Average attendance of 37 members per week
- Public performance contributing to the community: Royal Centre Open day; opening of Mental Health Awareness Weeks performance; IMH research open day; Highbury Hospital Summer Fayre, carol singing at Nottingham Contemporary
- We are preparing for further public performances/fund-raising events
- There is evidence that the choir is growing in numbers (average of 37 per week since starting back in September)
- People are enjoying coming
- It is growing largely by “word-of-mouth”
- We are not overtly keeping records of people’s difficulties/disabilities, but it is apparent that most people have heard about the choir through the Trust’s services
- It is apparent that we are succeeding in getting a diversity of people
- We would guess that the majority of people are over 50 years of age
- We have conducted an evaluation and conducted 10 interviews amongst participants for a Masters student research project (ethical approval gained) A research report will be drafted early next year.
- Also received funding from the Arts Council of £15K, October 2015.