Singing and Health Unconference to be held in Oxford

A FREE half day Singing and Health ‘unconference’ will be held on Friday 8th April, 10am -1pm at Peace House, Paradise Street (sounds dreamy I know) in Oxford.

Beautiful Brainstorm

The idea was formulated in a bakery in Headington last month with the lovely folk from Joined Up singing. We have seen there is a demand for singing in health and social care settings – as an area it has a lot of potential, and with organisations such as Musica, Sidney De Haan Centre for Arts and Health Research, The Alzheimer’s Society rolling out Singing for the Brain groups, and The Music Well, it’s about time we got together in Oxfordshire – and found out a bit how we can help each other.

So, who is the event for? It’s for anyone interested in singing and health. You might be someone interested in leading singing with people but not sure how to get started, you might be a health professional wanting to know how you can start a singing project, or you might have lots of experience as a music practitioner or as a music therapist. Whoever you are, please be bold, and come along! It’s a great chance to meet others working in the same area, to share together, and to explore new ideas and possibilities.

The morning will be organised using open space principles (if this is a new idea to you this video from Transition Towns project is an excellent introduction to the structure) and we will have expert facilitation from Tim Davies to keep things moving. Open Space means the agenda is formed by the people who come, so please be prepared to speak up, share an idea, suggest a topic for discussion, or even lead a song.

Practicalities

To find Peace House and for details of how best to travel there please visit Fellowship of Reconciliation’s website here.

We will be using two spaces at Peace House – The Henry Hodgkin Room downstairs which has disabled access, and the library upstairs.

Light refreshments will be provided (tea and cake)

The event is free, although there will be an opportunity to make a contribution to the cost of the day.

To register your interest in coming, please contact Rachel Smith by telephone: 07709 302038 or by email to rachel@rmsmith.org.uk.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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