“In An Octopus’s Garden” Wishing Well at The Alex

We are delighted to launch an evaluation report of our Wishing Well Music in Healthcare programme at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. This report, created by East Midlands based organisation Well Within Reach, offers insights and resources for people working in the field of Culture and Health who are interested in deepening their understanding of how participatory music making can build relationships that benefit everyone on the hospital ward.

We wanted to work with Well Within Reach to better understand how music can support a child’s developing brain and nervous system during the potentially traumatic experience of being in hospital. The report presents key findings following a year of collaboration, observations and training.

What is in the report?

The report is made up of 2 main sections.
First, a series of case studies of our work at The Alex, seen through a “3 stage relationship” model.This provides a way of understanding the process of beginning, strengthening and ending musical interactions in hospitals where Musicians work in sensitive and often unpredictable situations.

The second section offers a tool kit of evidence, research and methodologies relevant to our work. We hope these resources will be useful to music practitioners, health professionals and funders who want to deepen their understanding of how music making and person centred interactions can create nurturing, expressive, therapeutic environments for children in hospital.

Thank you!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the children and young people, families and staff at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton for making music with us and supporting our work. Our partnership demonstrates the amazing things that can happen when health and cultural organisations work together.
Thank you to Well Within Reach for taking us on such a fascinating journey of learning, reflection and inspiration.
Thank you to The National Foundation for Youth Music and to BBC Children in Need for funding the Rhythmix, Wishing Well programme and this evaluation.

Projects like Wishing Well at the Alex are only made possible by our generous supporters.

Please donate to help our charity continue to bring music to people!

Sussex Business Awards Press Release

Last night Rhythmix were delighted to have won a Sussex Business Award in the Creative and Digital Skills category! Next year we’re turning 20 and this is a great lead in to the celebrations of our work that we’ll be having next year.

This is in recognition of our innovative use of creativity and inclusive technology to help people make music. From young people with physical and learning disabilities to older people living with dementia, we’re using technology creatively to build a bridge to people and help them build connections through music.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps make this work possible – our young people, families, partners, donors, the team and our music leaders. Thank you.

Reflecting on the awards, Rhythmix board member Pauline Farrell said,

“At Rhythmix we believe strongly that there should be no barriers to access the arts. Our trained music leaders go into a variety of settings regularly, bringing acoustic instruments and music technology right to the people who can benefit. The interactions provide vital stimulation to help them develop, and can distract them from difficult or distressing circumstances. It also can create a sense of community. It is fantastic to see Rhythmix’s work recognised and honoured by the Sussex Business Awards and with further support, we can continue to expand the impact of our work, bringing music making opportunities to some of the most vulnerable people across the South East and in doing so, improve the quality of life for people in a range of settings. Thank you very much.”

 

What a night for Rhythmix!

Last night was an amazing night for the Rhythmix team – we were a finalists in two awards!!! It was wonderful to receive this recognition of all of the hard work that the charity does and the amazing partnerships that we’ve developed over the years. Next year we’re turning 20 and this is a great lead in to the celebrations of our work that we’ll be having next year.

Rhythmix are so happy to have been a finalist in the HSJ award for our partnership work with Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals Trust in the Compassionate Care Category and the Children and Young People Now Awards Arts and Culture category.

Being a finalist in these two prestigious awards, and having our work recognised on a national level is a huge honor. We would like to congratulate all of last nights finalists and winners.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the musicians, partners, families, supporters, and participants who make this work possible. Winning awards is a reflection on all of the amazing musical interactions created every day by the people who we work with.

Thank you.

Reflecting on the awards, Rhythmix Chair Alastair Beddow said,

“Being nominated for two prestigious national awards in one evening is major achievement for Rhythmix, and is a strong testament to the major the impact the charity has in improving wellbeing for some of the most vulnerable and isolated people across the South East.” Despite not taking home any trophies last night, the very fact of being nominated is thanks to the continued efforts of our team, partners and supporter; our vital work is only possible thanks to their support. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate WORLDwrite and the Birth Reflection Service at Northumbria NHS for being recognised as winner by CYP Now and HSJ respectively.”

Rhythmix featured in Public Health Report!

Rhythmix are delighted to have our Wishing Well project featured in Brighton and Hove County Council’s ‘The Art of Good Health’ report. The report highlights the positive impact that being involved in the arts can have on health and wellbeing from cradle to grave. The report demonstrates that the arts can be delivered in almost any setting, including hospitals.

 

At Rhythmix we believe strongly that there should be no barriers to access the arts. The report features our Wishing Well work at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. Our trained music leaders go onto the wards three times a week, bringing acoustic instruments and music technology right to children’s bedsides. The interactions provide vital stimulation to help them develop, distracts from uncomfortable procedures, and creates a sense of community between children, families, and hospital staff. You can read our case study in the report here.

Rhythmix Chair Alastair Beddow said, “The Art of Good Health report makes a clear case for the benefit of further investment in arts and music to support the public health agenda. It is fantastic to see Rhythmix’s work at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital being championed by this report. With further support, Rhythmix can continue to expand the impact of our work bringing music making opportunities to some of the most vulnerable people across the South East, and in doing so to improve the quality of life for people across a range of healthcare settings.”

 

Another Award! Rhythmix Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Finalist

Rhythmix are thrilled to be a finalist in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Outstanding Musical Initiative category. The award recognises initiatives that have made a sustained contribution to the musical achievement of a large number of people.

Rhythmix has been helping to transform lives through the power of music for nearly 20 years. Over that time we’ve worked with tens of thousands of people. From children’s wards, mental health units, special schools, inclusive clubs and dementia wards, we help people connect and express themselves through the power of music. The awards ceremony will take place on 6th March 2019 at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters, funders and musicians who help make our work possible and mean that we can win awards like this!

Board member Jane Humberstone said, ‘’I have seen first hand the transformational effect of the music programmes delivered by our outstanding, dedicated music practitioners and am incredibly proud to be the deputy chair of this ground-breaking charity.’’

For more information on the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence please visit: https://musicanddramaeducationexpo.co.uk/london/awards/categories/

Hello from Rhythmix’s newest recruit!

Hi folks!
I’m Rachel – the newest recruit at Rhythmix, in the role of Project Assistant for the Wishing Well programme. I’m super excited to be on board with Rhythmix and I’m already getting stuck in to the planning for 2019.  What a fabulous charity and ethos… a joy to be a part of!
I come from an Arts background, having been an art teacher in East Sussex and then branching out into community engagement and project management.  Career-wise, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing individuals and organisations over the last 15 years; including a 6 year stint at the Royal Albert Hall, as community engagement officer and various Arts/Education engagement roles at charities and venues down in Devon including the Hannah Rogers Trust and Torre Abbey.   I’m a visual artist and a music-maker – currently prioritising all things connected with creativity, health and well-being in my life.
I’m passionate about using the arts to care, connect and collaborate and feel that music – in all its gloriously diverse forms – is a vital component in a healthy community and all of its individuals.  Facing health issues myself, I’m a complete convert to the use of music in healthcare settings – our hospitals and hospices are such alien environments, far removed from what we’re all used to day-to-day, so isn’t music (making and listening!) a brilliant way to bridge the gap between hospital and home… not to mention the positive impact that music can have on our brains and nervous systems!!  So yeah – I’m in!
When I’m not at Wishing Well, I’m mostly painting birds at the moment (hence the Canada Geese!).  You can find my work on Instagram @Racheypainter if you like!  I’m also really interested in storytelling, folklore, illustration and singing… so an all-round creative bod, looking forward to taking music out there 🙂

Rhythmix is Sussex Business Awards Finalist!

Rhythmix are delighted to be shortlisted for the Sussex Business Awards in the Creative and Digital Skills category.

This is in recognition of our innovative use of inclusive technology to help people make music. From young people with physical and learning disabilities to older people living with dementia, we’re using technology creatively to build a bridge to people and help them build connections through music.

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Music Helps People With Dementia Reconnect

We are delighted to announce the release of a short film by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust showing our Wishing Well programmes work with older people living with dementia in Community Hospitals. We use music to build a bridge across the isolation caused by dementia, helping people to connect with the people around them again.

Lead Nurse Lucy Frost told us that, ”It brings the patients and staff and visitors all together, and it helps us  also known a little bit about the patient, because to every point in somebody’s life, they often have a song about it.”

Wishing Well brings live music-making interactions right to people’s bedsides and to communal spaces to help relieve the anxiety and isolation that they can experience. Soundtracks we accumulate throughout our lives are vividly retained in the memories of people even in the late stages of dementia. We  tap into these soundtracks to reduce some of the anxiety they experience.

”It changed the whole environment of our hospital. The staff are more motivated to try different things with the patients, they have introduced games, and the patients find it fun and when you are reflecting fun, than you get fun back, it creates a really good atmosphere.” Nurse reflects on the effect that music has on the hospital.

Our work is only made possible by our generous supporters please click donate and help us continue to bring music to people!

Dragons give their support to Wishing Well in community hospitals!

After an inspiring (and challenging!) ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event on Friday 28th September,  we’re thrilled to have won the backing of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Dementia Care Improvement Network for our project with Sussex Community NHS.
 
As part of a drive to work in partnership with more community hospitals, we’ll be placed initially within Crawley Hospital, bringing live music to those living with dementia.  We can’t wait to get going!
 
We’re thrilled to be able to build on this work and extend our thanks once again for the generosity of the KSSDCIN.
To learn about the impact that music-making can have on those living with dementia, watch our recent feasibility study here.

Rhythmix Impact Report 2017

Rhythmix are delighted to announce the launch of our Impact Report for 2017. We’ve done some amazing work and we want to share!

Our annual impact report gives a snapshot of what we achieved in 2017, none of which would have been possible without our supporters, funders and musicians.

Everyone knows someone who would benefit from what we do at Rhythmix. We all have experiences of friends or family members spending time in hospital,
with a physical or learning disability, with Dementia, or mental health issues. Music can build a bridge and help us connect again.

You can read the full report here.

Rhythmix chair Alastair Beddow said that,

‘’I was thrilled to take on the role of Chair of Trustees in 2017. It was a year marked by incredible music- making in incredible settings. We continue to reach vulnerable individuals and use music to improve their health and wellbeing. Thank you to everybody who has made this happen in 2017.’’ 

The amazing work that we do is only made possible by the generous support of our funders and supporters. If you want to help us to continue to do this important work then please donate here.