We were lucky enough to receive a Go and See grant from the Wales Arts Health and Well-being Network (WAHWN) at the beginning of the summer, which is still reaping rewards in autumn!
The award meant our Director, Cat Nunn, could take some time to consult with some of the amazing third sector groups working in rural communities across Powys, to find out what music meant to their members and if it helped them.
Organisations we have since worked with have included;
The Wilderness Trust, who co-produced Hangout in the Wild Festival for people with a learning disability at their farm in Llanidloes
PAVO Community Connectors and Befrienders who are interested in a singing group for Llandrindod
Credu Carers groups who we're supporting with music at events
Dementia Matters in Powys, who have regular sessions at their Welshpool and Newtown meeting centres
Versus Arthritis, who have had online and live sessions at groups in north Powys
And many more conversations with individuals who have provided feedback on what they like and what the barriers are to getting out and involved
Through being able to have face-to-face chats with people using the services of these groups, we've been able to better understand what they need. Whether music's used for reminiscence, to get moving, to relax to or for connecting with other people and finding common ground, we've been able to support some great events and be part of bringing people together.
For more information about WAHWN and how they support practitioners and organisations please go to www.WAHWN.Cymru.