AN arts group has been held up as a ‘shining example for others to follow’ for its work helping adults with mental health problems to express themselves.
Pulse for Music, which is based at the Curzon Street Business Centre in Burton, was picked out for praise by Staffordshire County Council for its efforts to support the community with its work.
The group uses music to encourage participants to learn new skills in music making, including writing lyrics, playing an instrument and performing as part of a ‘Building Tracks’ project.
Participants in the project said in a statement: “This is totally amazing. I hope and pray this project grows and grows.
“It’s so important to give these people a voice and something they can call their own.
“It’s great to play in a band with everyone having a part to play.
“It’s an opportunity to meet people and focusing on the final performance is a real motivation.
“It’s very enjoyable and we all hope it can continue.”
The workshops led to a final performance at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre, in Union Street.
A spokesman from Pulse for Music said: “We at Pulse believe in giving everybody the opportunity to get involved with musical activities.
“We have run a number of wellbeing projects for adults and children with additional needs and mental health problems. These have included songwriting projects, music technology courses and family workshops.
“We are able to bring with us professional studio equipment to your site and take all away that we need to create something really unique and special.
“We can work with all age ranges, from early years upwards, and have experience of working with groups that have specific needs.”
More information on the group and the other projects it runs is available by calling Jim Allen on 07778 456099 or emailing Mr Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org