Liverpool Philharmonic is proud to announce that the Music and Mental Health programme, delivered in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust at The Life Rooms, won the President’s Award at the national Festival of Learning awards last week.
The programme offers adults the opportunity to engage with music and the arts to support their mental health. Participants learn and explore a range of skills – from singing, music composition and improvisation, to painting, poetry and writing – with an overwhelming majority coming away with greater self-esteem, improved mood and tools that aid their everyday lives.
Organised by the Learning and Work Institute, and supported by the Department for Education, Festival of Learning is an annual campaign which celebrates the power of learning to transform lives and encourages more adults to take part. The President’s Award is handpicked by the Learning and Work Institute’s President and recognises an exceptional and innovative learning opportunity that makes a real difference.
On accepting the award, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Head of Learning, Zoë Armfield, said:
“A huge thank you on behalf of Liverpool Philharmonic and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for this award, we are so proud of our work and we are hugely grateful to have been recognised in such amazing company – what an inspirational event today has been.
“At the heart of this work, which makes it so unique, is a partnership like no other – a partnership between an arts organisation and an NHS trust that’s now been going for 14 years, which has allowed music to become embedded in mental health services and the recovery of service users in Liverpool and the wider city region. So we are just so proud and we are so grateful, and we’d like to say a huge thank you.”
Watch the President’s Award being presented in the video below:
(Top image: Zoë Armfield and Georgina Aasgaard, one of the Music and Mental Health programme's Lead Musicians. Photo taken by Phil Hardman Photography)