Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust staff and service users let their music do the talking when they got the chance to play at a recording studio.
Musicians from The Jammin’ group, which meets every Monday afternoon at 44 Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft (Waveney Centre for Change and Wellbeing), visited Earth Studios in Norwich to discover what happens at The Black Dog Music Project.
The Project aims to improve people’s mental health through music and provides a twice weekly slot for bands to create music and jam, leading to regular gigs in the Norwich area.
The Jammin’ group includes accomplished musicians, who are self-taught and play a variety of instruments, from guitar, ukulele and drums to percussion, as well as singers.
Jane Shears, Trainee Assistant Practitioner, who organised the trip, said: “It came about because I was researching community groups which the service users could use to move on to prior to being discharged from our service.
“I found the Black Dog Music Project online after reading about it in the newspaper and Colin Bain, the organiser, talking about Hellesdon Hospital and how people liked to play instruments to help them cope.’”
She contacted Colin to find out more and asked if they could visit as a group. He happily agreed and, after Jane had sourced the charitable funds to pay for a coach, arrangements were made.
Throughout the day, service users had the opportunity to listen to and join in with six different bands playing a variety of music from Rock to Classic.
Volunteer Steve Shelley said: “It was a brilliant day, it was interesting listening to the different bands and it would be good if a few of us could get together and hire a studio.’’
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