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POSTPONED: Music, the Arts and Mental Health

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In light of the Government’s latest advice regarding COVID-19, we are postponing this event until further notice. Keep an eye on our website, follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date. Find out more about the actions we’re taking in response to COVID-19 here.

A practical and useful training session for early career music facilitators.

What’s involved?

  • Increase your understanding of how music and the arts can help people to manage their mental health and increase their wellbeing

  • Build confidence around facilitating music projects for young people experiencing a range of mental health problems

  • Gain practical tools to help you in real-life situations

  • Learn more about how to set boundaries in a workshop setting

This is for you if:

  • You are a music facilitator at the beginning of your career

  • You are a youth worker or mental health practitioner with an interest in music

The session will be led by experienced practitioners Phill Howley, Ros Hawley, Jacqui Wood and Leona Armstrong.

Lunch provided.

If cost is a barrier for you attending this event, you can get in touch with us by emailing info@brightersound.com


Phill Howley is a professional musician and arts facilitator. For the last 20 years he has worked as a Project Manager, Music Facilitator and Music Leader. In that time he has worked on a wide variety of projects with hugely diverse client groups of all ages. Through his extensive involvement with many Youth Music funded projects he has developed a specialism in working with young people in challenging circumstances, specifically focusing on bespoke pedagogies and their applications in a variety of settings

Ros Hawley is a classically trained clarinettist, klezmer musician, and one of the UK’s foremost specialists in the creative and interactive use of music in special schools, hospitals, and palliative care. Ros has extensive experience working in healthcare settings, developing interactive music opportunities for patients in a range of ward settings.

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 wellbeing and how life changing access to the arts can be for young people and the people around them.


About Arc

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.