Time to Change by Mind Our Music #MHAW2018

Time to Change by Mind Our Music #MHAW2018

Music24 is proud to present a song written called 'Time to Change' by our community music group, 'Mind Our Music' based in Luton. 

It is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2018 and we are pleased to share with you an inspirational song that our group wrote for the #timetochange campaign in Luton, fronted by Jolel Miah from local charity, Our Minds Matter.  A short while ago we were approached by Jolel to write a song for the campaign that focuses on raising awareness and reducing stigma and discrimination of mental health, and this is the result...

The idea, as always, is to keep the conversation flowing and be more open in discussing issues around our mental wellbeing. This year, the MHAW campaign looks at the theme of 'coping with stress' - something that is very important in everybody's daily lives and challenges. Here are some interesting facts about how stress affects us on the larger scale: click here.

MHFA - What is stress?

Stress may seem to be a low-level strain on our daily lives, but we need to take stock of how this impacts on our mental health and the long-term effects it has if it goes unchecked and is poorly managed. The bottom line is that we all need to take better care of ourselves. Everyone has to. Only 'we', ourselves can do this. So if in your day-to-day job you find it difficult to unwind or can't find a moment, nor the motivation, to relax then the long-term impact can be detrimental to your overall life and the lives of the others around us. So this should be acted upon and remedied ASAP. Whether its a meeting at work that's got you in a fluster or you can't put your flat-pack IKEA wardrobe together and you throw the instruction booklet across the room... We ALL get stressed sometimes, over the smallest or most monumental things, and rightfully so.  The key part here is - LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, ultimately this is what we should all be striving for in whatever we choose to do. Pay attention to yourself and your needs. Find something that takes your mind off of things, relieves you of your worries. For some it is sport, listening to music, watching TV, writing, reading... even knitting! Whatever it is, find it and DO IT. Distract your mind momentarily and find a safe place to escape to. If you find it, then you're lucky... you have your own private refuge. Use it whenever you can!

MHAW is sent to highlight all the good things that are happening, but also for us to reflect on what was and what is to be in the future. We hope that MHAW is inspiring, awakening and challenges our perceptions. There is always an opportunity of us to change, grow and learn from one another. Take heed and be mindful that we can all share and empathise in one another's knowledge and experience. Something we can all make use of!! :)

 

Useful links: 

http://www.ourmindsmatter.org.uk

https://www.mind-blmk.org.uk

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk

Music24 is coming to Welwyn GC

Music24 is coming to Welwyn GC

We are pleased to inform you that we will be coming to Welwyn Garden City with our Musical Herts project this March!! 

Hertfordshire Community Foundation have funded us to start a new group, bringing our service to a new audience in Herts. The group will take place at The Salvation Army Church Community Room in Cole Green Lane. The group launches in Monday 5th March at 2pm - 3.30pm, and will continue to run on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month, excluding bank holidays. 

Please contact us for more info and to book a space. 

Aviva Community Fund Winner!

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Aviva Community Fund Winner!

Music24 is extremely pleased to announce that we have been selected as an Aviva Community Fund winner!!!!! Winning a massive £10k for our Musical Herts, Hoddesdon group!!! 

As you can imagine, we are over the moon at the support we have received from the public as this was a huge nationwide competition that saw us up against some fantastic projects! 

With this funding, Music24 will continue to provide our very popular and well-reiceved sessions in Hoddesdon. 

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Music24 is on the move...!

Music24 is on the move...!

It's true, Music24 is leaving our beloved home of 3 years (7 years for First Note!) due to renovations works being carried out from April 2018, resulting in the building being closed for 12 months. This decision by Luton Culture may put some out of a home, however we have been lucky enough to be offered a new home at the Luton Wellbeing Centre, run by Mind BLMK. This is therefore a hugely exciting time for us, with talks and discussions about some partnership working and us bringing lots of Music into the otherwise quiet building, based in Dumfries Street, Luton. 

So do not fear, we are more than happy to be flexible in what we do, having learnt a lot over the last year through our continuously, fast-growing service and setting up new groups. We are able to POP UP almost anywhere to run a session now. 

Please be mindful, some of our sessions (Mind Our Music & The Columbus Project) are going to be staying at The Hat Factory until the new year, so if in doubt, please contact us and we will let you know where the group you wish to attend is taking place. More importantly, our flagship Dementia group in Luton, called Minds In Motion, now takes place at the Luton Wellbeing Centre on a Thursday morning. We are making every effort to ensure our service users are able to find their way to the new venue and we are happy to offer travel-training or implement a buddy service if required. 

New location: Music24 Ltd. Luton Wellbeing Centre, 46 - 56 Dumfries Street, Luton, LU1 5BP

 

Music24 supported by Waitrose in Bedford!

Music24 supported by Waitrose in Bedford!

Thank you to the Bedford Community for voting for us inshore at the Waitrose Bedford branch last month! They raised £386! It truly means a lot to The Notepad group!

Music24 facilitates a weekly group in Bedford for adults experiencing mental health conditions. If you wish to find out more then please contact us.

Vote for Music24 in the Aviva Community Fund

Vote for Music24 in the Aviva Community Fund

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This year, Music24 have been entered into the Aviva Community Fund by Skeltons Wealth Management based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. We have already had over 2500 votes which is AMAZING! We'd like to encourage more so please follow the link below! Registering takes a few moments and each person is then given 10 votes each.... So spend them wisely - on us please! This fund would mean continuing our Musical Herts project in Hoddesdon for a further year. Click link to read further:

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-4190

Friends with Voices at London Luton Airport

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Friends with Voices at London Luton Airport

The month of May brought us Dementia Awareness Week 2017... and for this, Friends with Voices joined forces again to raise awareness to dementia and promote all the wonderful things that are happening in Luton. 

A video, produced by London Luton Airport, accumulated a whopping 16k+ views! Here's the video of a little sing-a-long we had whilst there:

 A nice Costa coffee after the show! 

A nice Costa coffee after the show! 

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