Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Today, many of us suffer from a range of mental health issues - 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have a diagnosed mental health problem impacting their health, education, future employment, and social outcomes. Social isolation is also impacting health and wellbeing across our community - loneliness felt by young adults is as potent a cause of death as smoking 15 cigarettes day, up to 82% of mum's feel lonely some of the time, and up to 13% of increasingly ageing population experience loneliness.

We are tackling these two central issues through the development of a new and unique inter-generational programme centred around music and delivered in a new community building. The new Music and Community Hub in Hayes, will create a ‘space for all’ including pre-schoolers and parents, school children, and the elderly; to engage in a range of music-based activities.

Music has the proven ability to improve health and wellbeing amongst all age groups. For example, research shows:
• music releases a chemical in the brain with a key role in setting good moods
• a strong connection between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers
• musical experiences improve children’s social development as well as academic achievements
• music can stimulate psychological change - just one session of group drumming can boost immune activity

Research also shows that developing relationships between the elderly and the young can be beneficial for the wellbeing of both parties. E.g. The Hayes Primary School’s 2018 Pen Pal Project linked year 5 and 6 children (10-12 year olds) with older members of the community. Letters were written back and forth; and a tea party was held where children met their Pen Pals. The young people had an opportunity to improve their writing and learn from the older people. The older people really enjoyed hearing all the children’s news and meeting them.

The new Hayes Music and Community Hub is being developed by a range of local stakeholders, led by Hayes Primary School. A feasibility study has been undertaken and fundraising for the build is well underway.

2019 will be the key year …

…for the physical building of the Music and Community Hub:
Planning permission will be sought in Spring 2019 with the building scheduled for completion summer 2020. Local stakeholders will be involved to ensure the building is developed ‘by the community – for the community’. Those already involved include Bromley Youth Music Trust, local pre-school groups, Hayes School (local secondary school), Spring Trust Partnership (primary school academy), local church groups, the Mothers Union.

…for the development of the Music and Community Programme:
Local stakeholders will co-create the music centred programme of activities ensuring that the activities meet the specific needs of the target. This will build on successful examples such as Hayes Primary Schools Pen Pal Project; the Community Carol Concert; and Hayes Music Festival.

This funding request is to fund a part-time (6 hours per week) project co-ordinator to help realise the maximum benefits of the new Music and Community Hub building and associated programme. The project co-ordinator will work with the target groups to ensure a participatory approach to the development of the Hub, the co-creation of the programme, and fundraising for programme delivery. The project co-ordinator will work alongside those already involved in the Hub including the Hayes Primary School Head Teacher, and Spring Trust Partnership Business Development Manager.

If the new Hub building is delayed, the project co-ordinator will continue to develop the programme seeking alternative spaces for its delivery in 2020 and ensure the health and wellbeing impacts are realised.

VOTE FOR US: This funding will unlock the full potential of the new Music and Community Hub to have a positive impact on our community, improving mental health and reducing social isolation.

Project Video

Hayes Primary School PTA

Moment of Pride

This project tackles two of the big problems in our community today: mental health and loneliness. Music-centred, inter-generational activities will be developed by local stakeholders. Harnessing the amazing energy shown to date will deliver benefits now and for many years to come.

Location: Hayes, Bromley, UK