Live Well, Creativity, and the 7th Way to Wellbeing

Zoë tells of how music and the arts are some the best tools to help young people.

Pie Factory Music believes that music and the arts are some the best tools to help young people overcome challenges facing their emotional wellbeing, and we empower young people across East Kent to express themselves through music, raise their self-esteem and take part in opportunities that will have a positive impact on their lives.

Earlier this year, we gained funding from Porchlight to deliver a project called Live Well – taking the 6 Ways to Wellbeing as a starting point for getting young people thinking about their emotional health and wellbeing.

We ran workshops in sound art, dance, drama, and animation, and created a varied selection of resources to share with other young people to raise awareness of how creative activities can have a positive impact on mental health wellbeing.

Kelly, who attended the sound art workshop, described the impact that listening to music has on her mental health: “When I get anxious it feels like I’ve got a million things going on in my head, and it makes me feel sick and dizzy. It makes me just wanna sit down, burst into tears; I can’t do it. And when I walk down the street and I’ve got my earphones in and I’ve got my music playing, I feel fine. None of that’s bothering me. The reason why it is is that I was brought up around music, and I was brought up around people with anxiety and stuff. So, my life has been affected by a lot of it [the anxiety], but music helps a lot.”

We support Art31’s campaign for a 7th Way to Wellbeing focusing on the creative arts so that we can continue to raise awareness of the importance of the arts for all young people. Join the campaign and spread the word!

 

Live Well resources explainer

Project 15 found sound recordings

6 Ways to Wellbeing theme: Take Notice

5 pupils from Project 15 PRU worked with our music producer and engineer, Matt, to walk around the PFM building taking notice of their surroundings and recording found sounds. These were then made into 3 different tracks.

Conductive ink pictures

6 Ways to Wellbeing theme: Take Notice

A Project 15 pupil drew patterns using conductive ink which explain what it’s like when she’s feeling stressed and anxious (page 1) and happy and relaxed (page 2). When connected to a computer, touching the patterns activates the found sound recordings the pupil made.

Dane Court Grammar School animated films – #1

6 Ways to Wellbeing theme: Care for the Planet

A group of pupils at Dane Court Grammar School made this stop-motion animated comedy film with characters created from plasticine, around the theme of ‘Care for the Planet’. In this film, a capitalist lumberjack feels remorse for his mistreatment of plants and animals.

Dane Court Grammar School animated films – #2

6 Ways to Wellbeing theme: Be Active

A group of pupils at Dane Court Grammar School made this stop-motion animated comedy film with characters created from plasticine, around the theme of ‘Be Active’. In this film, 2 men at the gym compete to gain the attention of attractive women, only for her to go off with another less self-conscious man.

Zoë Carassik-Lord

Guest Contributor

Zoë Carassik-Lord, Programme Manager at Pie Factory Music
Phone: 01843 596777 / 596998
E-mail: www.piefactorymusic.com