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Part of the UK National Health Service (NHS) Personalised Care programme, the new guides are downloadable and were created with Music for Good, the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Singing for Health Network.
Two free guides were launched last year for choirs and link workers, but Making Music has adapted these for a wider audience, including instrumental groups.
With the advantages of singing for lung health, which is vital for many who suffered Covid-19, improving mental health and wellbeing, combatting loneliness, the guides help groups and social prescribing link workers to collaborate more effectively.
As social prescribing becomes a key aspect of NHS philosophy, the guides will help unite the UK’s hugely diverse music groups and link workers in the health sector. The guides include such resources as an example timeline of social prescribing for a choir, suggestions for how to brief link workers about a music group, and a template for gathering information for link workers about what the group does.
Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, said, ‘Music groups are all about serving their communities and many have been wondering how they can offer the benefit of their activity to people being referred for social prescribing. We hope these resources will make it easier for groups to welcome patients and for link workers to understand the social and wellbeing aspects of music groups.’
Baz Chapman, Singing for Health Network Manager, said, ‘We are delighted to have collaborated with Making Music to extend these resources to instrumental groups as well as choirs. There are many successful social prescribing schemes to music groups already in place across the UK, but there’s huge potential for more, and we want to support greater connection between music groups and Social Prescribers through these resources.’
As an introduction to the role of music in social prescribing, Making Music is holding a free online event featuring Baz Chapman and Sue Moorchild, a social prescriber, on 20 May 2022 at 10am.
The guides can be downloaded by Making Music members here.