Islington Music Forum
Islington Music Forum provides music services in hospitals and the community for people affected by severe and enduring mental health problems. We aim to promote recovery and encourage progression to new life opportunities through our "Key Changes" programme of creative and vocational music activities.
Music can play a valuable role in recovery from mental illness. It can stimulate emotional, aesthetic and spiritual responses, develop social and physical skills, improve expression, communication and confidence, and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing.
We specialise in designing services that are accessible to young people and adults who are experiencing early onset psychosis, schizophrenia, bi polar disorder and other severe mental illnesses. This target group is often regarded as "hard to reach" and may be unresponsive to conventional therapies or non-compliant with medication.
Our culturally relevant musical styles and activities encourage engagement. We welcome referrals from early intervention, forensic, assertive outreach and related in-patient and community mental health services.
Key Changes services:
· In-reach services in acute psychiatric care settings
· Music workshops for mental health service users in the community
· Training and volunteering opportunities
· Concerts and events at mainstream venues
· Song writing and composition, music technology, sound recording, DJ skills, and music video production
· Culturally relevant musical genres including hip hop, rock, reggae, soul, dubstep, d'n'b, etc.
· Delivered in professional music studios by music mentors with mental health training
· Progression routes to mentor training and volunteering opportunities
· Referral service, pre-start interviews and risk assessments
· Group work to promote creative collaboration and foster social wellbeing
· Safe, supportive and friendly environments
· Inclusive, non-judgemental approach
· Ongoing monitoring and care coordinator contact throughout engagement
· Signposting to appropriate services and support with progression routes
· Up to date protocols, safeguarding policies, CRB disclosures, public liability
· Outcomes recorded and measured through feedback and evaluation
We take referrals from health and social care professionals and currently provide in-reach services and community programmes in North and South London for over 300 service users a year.
We also run the "KC Singers" community choir at St. Pancras Hospital for CANDI Trust staff, service users and friends; we are always looking for new singers, please ring the number below for more details.
Highgate Mental Health Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London N19 5NX
Company number: 4641867
Registered charity: 1103774