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The fifth in a series of six online weekly workshops to support people working in the modern world of music facilitation, delivered in partnership with Arc.

Led by Jacqui Wood and Leona Armstrong (Arc), this workshop will cover: 

  • How arts work can reach the most vulnerable in communities, and how it can be structured to offer creativity and appropriate support
  • An overview of the role of safeguarding when working with vulnerable young people and adults
  • Discussion on the boundaries that need to be in place to keep everyone safe

Who this is for

Open to people at all levels of experience, these workshops are aimed at facilitators currently working, or looking to work, within informal, creative and inclusive music practice. They’ll be especially useful for anyone interested in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through music. Youth workers or mental health practitioners with an interest in music are also welcome to attend.


Pay what you can. Suggested cost is £5. We know this is a challenging time for freelancers and the wider music industry, so please only pay what you can, if anything. We’re more interested in you coming along to share the learning experience.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com

If the workshop has sold out and you would like to attend, please click here to join a waiting list.

About the speakers

Jacqui Wood is Arc’s Artistic Director and Lead Officer, working with the organisation for nearly 25 years. With a background in theatre, she has facilitated drama, writing, film-making and mixed media programmes with vulnerable adults and young people. Jacqui has produced numerous successful arts projects including Arts Council funded ‘Unpicked:Restitched’ in 2015 and ‘The Other in Mother’ in 2018, as well as ‘Love Letter To Macc’, commissioned by Barnaby Festival, 2016. She established Young People’s Arc (YPA) 8 years ago and has a passion for the transformative potential of the arts for young people with mental health issues.

Leona Armstrong is Engagement Officer at Arc, leading on volunteer development and developing relationships with all Arc’s stakeholders. Leona has experience working with vulnerable adults and young people, most recently working with teenagers who are accessing alternative education and are faced with ongoing challenges. She is passionate about the positive impact engaging in creativity can have on a person’s wellbeing and how life changing access to the arts can be for young people and the people around them. 

Arc is a leading arts and mental health organisation based in Stockport, which explores the relationships between creativity, culture and wellbeing.  We provide opportunities for people to explore their creativity, connect with each other and learn new skills. Arc has a 20 year track record of producing transformational arts projects which engage and include marginalised groups, promote wellbeing and recovery from mental ill-health, and reach thousands of audiences across the North West. Each year we work with over 150 vulnerable young people in projects supported by Youth Music and BBC Children in Need. Find out more at: http://arc-centre.org/