- Date: 19 March 2014
- Area: Midlands
A new project run by National Portfolio Organisation soundLINCS is taking music into the children’s wards and clinics of three Lincolnshire hospitals in Boston, Grantham and Lincoln.
The soundWELL project gets patients and their relatives involved with music making activities using percussion instruments and i-pads.
Allison Jackson, soundLINCS Programme Development Manager, said: “Music can be a powerful tool for managing pain and stressful situations as well as improving moods and boosting self-esteem, so we’re very excited to be able to use our 15 years of experience in music making to provide these opportunities for patients and their families.”
Research has shown that music can encourage socialisation, communication and motor development, and so far the soundWELL project has worked with over 250 patients.
The activities are being run on the children’s wards at the patients’ bedsides and in the outpatient areas of the hospital where clinics are held.
Terry Vine, Matron for Acute Paediatrics, said, “The feedback that we have had from parents and children has exceeded all of the expectations that we had when we embarked upon this project. I am delighted to support the continuation of the project and work alongside soundLincs to be able to offer this to as many of our young patients as possible”.
soundLINCS is a National Portfolio Organisation and the soundWELL project is part of their soundINCLUSION programme which is supported by funding from Youth Music.