Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Key Changes Music - Drop In


Key Changes
Dan Clarke (Mentor)
Nicky Winter (Key Changes Veterans Music Club)
Peter Leigh (General Manager)
Fozia Bebe
Poetic Justice
Tee Minus

Music can play a valuable role in recovery from mental illness. It can stimulate emotional and aesthetic responses, develop creative, technical, social and vocational skills, improve expression, communication, confidence and self-esteem, and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing. Key Changes structured programme promotes recovery and encourages progression to new life opportunities through in-reach engagement in hospitals and pathways to mainstream creative and vocational music activities in the community. They work in partnership with NHS and other health and social care agencies and provide services for over 1500 people each year

The service was developed in response to concerns from mental health professionals in London hospitals about a lack of services relevant to "hard to reach" patients who may be unresponsive to conventional therapies, non-compliant with medication or experiencing difficulties engaging with other activities or services. Key Changes aim to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing through reducing symptoms and relapse rates, increasing leave privileges and contributing to discharge plans for in-patients, and creating new life opportunities for people using specialist mental health services in the community.

Every Thursday there is a weekly drop-in that promotes positive and physical wellbeing through a range of social activities including sport and music. Football starts at 3pm on the nearby courts on Central St, London. Afterwards between 4.30-6.30pm at St Luke's Centre there is a much more social air. Here you can  relax, sit, eat, drink and chat or perhaps tap into Key Changes creative juices with Open Mic (Poetry, singing etc), Snooker, Live Art, Gardening Massage, Social Media, Legal Advice. Sessions are free but you need to be using mental health services and be referred by a care coordinator.

Nicky Winter
It is a bright and vibrant community under the guiding hand of general manager Peter Leigh. Although sketching the musicians brought me to Key Changes I had the opportunity to observe first hand the diversity and ambition of the whole organisation. Becca Sturley runs the social media workshops to help get the Key Change musicians connected to their audience through the likes of Twitter and Soundcloud. They are also launching a new group for Veterans that is being ably led by ex-serviceman Nicky Winter.

Peter Leigh
If you would like to find out more information about Key Changes then visit their website at
or email

Key Changes will be performing at the launch event for the Shapes and Lines of Beauty exhibition in the Conference Centre Gallery at St Pancras Hospital on 4th November 2016, 5.30-8.30pm

Listen here to some of the musicians

Stickz - Devil Guy

Tee Minus - Social Isolation

Razi - Pretend

Poetic Justic - Gully Bop


Dan Clarke

No comments:

Post a Comment