Tuning in: the social power of music

YoutubeAs part of their Creative Quarter project the IRISS group will be hosting an event designed to highlight the use of music for improving mental health, developing communication and advancing social engagement.

Led by Dr Jane Bentley, a specialist in the role of music in increasing social development, the event will cover the foundations of the innate musical ability in us all and move onto to its practical use in mental health projects, dementia care and social services - with recent case studies and practical examples.

Dr Bentley has been involved in a number of high profile music-based mental health projects, notably Buddy Beat, a Paisley-based drumming group which won the 2012 Scottish Epic Award for their documentary on how their member’s lives have been improved since joining the group. You can watch the short film here

The event is free (although a cancellation fee will apply) and will be held at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, Wednesday 4th September, 10:00 – 14:00. To register and find out more, click here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6885922981

Creative arts in social services survey

As part of the Creative Quarter, IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) is also looking to understand how the creative arts are being used in Scotland’s social services with a focus on the impacts it can have for people supported by services and for staff. The results will help inform lessons to be learnt for the use of creative arts in social services.

The survey is available here with more information on the IRISS website.