Greenwood Music has been given the opportunity to design, deliver and evaluate a series of therapeutic workshops. The focus will be on supporting people with complex needs; mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction and other barriers which may prevent them from fulfilling their lives. This will provide a strong evidence base for Greenwood Music to offer these workshops as part of its ongoing social purpose. This will allow for sustainability and a long term legacy of delivering workshops.
This series of pilot workshops, funded by the Big Lottery will provide information and data on the health and wellbeing benefits. A key component will be the evaluation of these benefits. We will use a range of recognised methods to collect this information. Equally important is the recording of anecdotal evidence.
With strong environmental and conservational bias, the workshops will connect participants with nature and the world around them, acting as a form of eco-therapy. It has been shown that being more active in green environments can boost your mood and self-esteem, therefore reducing personal stress. This also relates to the Biophillia Hypothesis, that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. It is the combination of nature, traditional skills and music, well proven in many therapeutic areas, that will enable us to produce an evidence based package of bespoke workshops.
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