Sept 2019: Singing on prescription - what do we need to be ready?

Series: Creative Thinktanks

Tags: Singing, Social prescribing, Wellbeing

Creative Thinktank

A growing body of research evidence is drawing attention to the many positive impacts singing can have on physical and mental wellbeing, encouraging increasingly more members of the community to seek the connectivity and uplifting qualities of group singing activities. With social prescription currently high on the government agenda, both demand for such provision and complexity of need are likely to increase dramatically.

Facilitated by Katherine Zeserson, the event will bring together leading researchers, policy-makers, clinicians, practitioners and other stakeholders to consider how community-based assets (choirs, singing and music groups) become ‘social prescribing’ ready. In particular, it will explore:

  • Potential pros and cons of singing as a community health intervention
  • Training, support and resource requirements for singing leaders and practitioners
  • Quality, safety and inclusivity of provision
  • Networks, signposting and mechanisms for referral
  • The implementation of an awareness programme

Further reading:

https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/resources/social-prescribing

https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/

http://www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg-inquiry/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/

https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4857

https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-perceived-benefits-of-singing%3A-findings-from-of-Clift-Hancox/416b9cb5eba129711bcc6e1542341d4104b0dfd9

To find out more, contact our Creative Campus Administrator Jess Chapman jchapman@snapemaltings.co.uk