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Health and Wellbeing music tour spreads Christmas cheer across South West

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A central project amongst Superact's wellbeing work, the Health and Wellbeing Tour takes professional musicians to people without access to live music to help improve their all round wellbeing. As the Health and Wellbeing tour returns for a special Christmas programme this week with 'Trad Power Trio' Barrule visiting Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire, Project Manager Lucy Hather reflects on another successful year of wellbeing programming from Superact.

2014 has been a fantastic year for Superact's Health and Wellbeing programme. We have taken a whole host of artists into settings such as Southmead Hospital in Bristol, residential care homes, community based dementia and music groups and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 

Our artists have led interactive music sessions with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. The sessions have evoked happiness and laughter, provided a well-needed distraction for hospital patients, encouraged positive communication and brought back long forgotten memories for people living with dementia. 

A highlight for Superact this year was the opportunity to be a part of Southmead's Arts Festival. The festival saw us taking musicians into the brand new hospital building to help celebrate the North Bristol NHS Trust's fantastic arts provision. The festival took place over three days and hundreds of staff, patients and their families benefited from a whole range of arts projects, performances and installations. 

Another highlight was the opportunity for our monthly Music and Memories dementia sessions to be filmed by Neighbourly, which resulted in a series of promotional films about the project and its benefits. We were extremely proud to receive some fantastic feedback from the participants involved. To know that the project is so highly valued by those who attend and to know that it makes a real difference to their every day lives helps to cement the reasons we have for running the projects we do. Watch these videos here: 

To follow such a successful year, we hope to grow our health and wellbeing provision in 2015 by working in more venues than ever before in order to reach those who are most in need. 

From 15th to 20th December, the Christmas installment of the Wellbeing tour comes to the fore with Isle of Man celtic trio, Barrule performing in hospitals, residential homes and community venues . Taking Christmas cheer across the South West he programme is as follows: 

Monday 15th December 2014

VENUE:  Chelston Park Residential Home

DETAILS:               Participatory music session for older people, some with dementia

VENUE:                   St Luke's Church Hall, Church Parade, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5AZ

DETAILS:               Participatory themed performance for older people with dementia

Tuesday 16th December 2014

VENUE:                   Southmead Hospital

SPONSORS:          Fresh Arts / North Bristol NHS Trust / Superact UK

DETAILS:               Series of performances around the wards 

Wednesday 17th December 2014

VENUE:                   The Salvation Army Community Hall

DETAILS:               Participatory themed performance for older people with dementia

VENUE:                   Southmead Hospital

DETAILS:               Series of performances around the wards 

Thursday 18th December 2014

VENUE:                   Abbeyfield Residential Care Home, Taunton

DETAILS:               Participatory music session for older people, some with dementia 

Friday 19th December 2014

VENUE:                  Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

DETAILS:               Series of performances around the wards and other areas within the hospital. 

If you would like to find out more about our health and wellbeing work and how you can get involved, please email Katharine on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .