Music for the Mind (MFTM) is a new programme devised in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT),   MUSIC 24  and Meaningful Education. This pilot is aimed at engaging those who are most hard-to-reach and experiencing enduring mental health conditions. Referrals, made by ELFT, will come directly from the Acute Inpatient Units and from the Early Interventions Teams in Luton and Bedford.

Each project will establish a group using a co-production structure. The participants will drive and steer the direction of the group with the support of Music24 and Meaningful Education. This will be in the form of group music therapy and one-to-one life-coaching (provided by ME) that will compliment an overall group goal that will be decided upon by the attendees. They can choose to work towards a main project that is seed-funded by Music24; this could include putting on a showcase, writing an album, doing a music video or some other project suggested by the participants.

The groups will be offered full support in project managing their chosen event/project and encouraged to take part in their own fundraising activities. The skills that we hope people will engage with are: money management, budgeting and negotiation, organisational skills and time-management, working together/team-building, creating an online presence through social media, working out solutions and improving confidence and motivation, to name a few. It is hoped that the groups will be established and survive beyond the initial 6 months of support and the participants develop new skills that can contribute to the future success to maintain a high level on community engagement for it to thrive and grow. 

MFTM Luton is funded by The Allen Lane Foundation and MFTM Bedford is funded by The Harpur Trust.
We’d like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per session, per participant. 
Meaningful Education Ltd CIC and Arteria Mentoring Support have joined forces and are providing FREE training programmes for unemployed ex-Military personnel or their close family members living in the Bedfordshire area.

With the first “M.O.V.E. for the Military” programme starting in October, registration is already under way and the team is urging local ex-armed forces personnel to “sign-up”– particularly if you are finding it challenging adjusting to Civvy St or are perhaps living with a family member who is struggling. Learning to adjust with a physical and mental health challenges? This programme will provide you with access to Life coaching, mental Health Awareness, & Well-Being. Personal mentoring support will be on hand throughout to increase confidence levels. The programme will also offer assistance with cv and interview techniques as well as exploring career and volunteering opportunities, self-employment and local further education courses available.

By attending the programme, you can access the following workshops:

  • Confidence, Self-Esteem and Motivation
  • Understanding Personal Identity
  • Goal Planning and Steps to Achieving 
  • Understanding Emotions, Behaviour and Importance of Self-Reflection 
  • Practical Development in Life Skills
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Health and Relaxation
  •  Mental Health Awareness and Well-Being 
  • 1:1 Mentoring 
  • CV Production and Exploring Transferable Skills 
  • Interview Techniques 
  • Local Industry Needs/Volunteering and Training Opportunities 
  • Self-Employment

For further information, please contact:
Sandie: 07890 464257 / 01582 555937/
Clare: 07711169725/