Musical Beacons

Action based research into creative music making with families for positive mental health and wellbeing

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For project community members:

Musical Beacons is specifically designed to reach families who may have less access than others to creative activities by partnering with housing associations, children’s centres or care settings. Musical Beacons supports family and community connections, enabling leadership skills to flourish in children and encouraging creativity in everyone.


The Musical Beacons programme operates in three sites across the country: London (Waltham Forest), South East (Newhaven & Eastbourne) and Bristol.


As a result of the Covid19 pandemic, the Beacons team have been working hard to embrace new changes, moving to online delivery of the projects and enjoying the challenge to keep the music making in people’s homes.


What does Musical Beacons look like?

  • Sharing of stories and ideas to write songs and compose original new music
  • Singing and playing musical instruments and games
  • Performances and sharing at local events

What do community members get?

  • Communities can make music representative of collective and local identity
  • Enhanced parent-child interaction
  • Increased confidence and wellbeing
  • Improved mental health and positive mindset
  • Development of creative, musical and communication skills
  • Raised potential for music-making in the home
  • Reduced social isolation
  • Increased community wellbeing and connectedness

Musical Beacons London is running with Gail and her team in Waltham Forest. We are also working in partnership with Drake Music and the City of London to run event specific projects in 2021.


Talk to Gail to find out more

Musical Beacons London project manager

Email Gail

Musical Beacons South East is being run by Hannah and her team in partnership with East Sussex Young Mother’s Service.

We’re playing and making music with young mothers with lived experience of homelessness and together, using simple, creative ideas, we’ll bring confidence, communication skills and playfulness.


Talk to Hannah to find out more

Musical Beacons South East project manager

Email Hannah

The Soundcastle team are very excited to be bringing Musical Beacons to Bristol in August 2021. Watch this space and our social media!


Talk to Jenni to find out more

Musical Beacons project manager Bristol

Email Jenni

Beacons community member

``We’re all different ages and we’re all at Wellington (local school) and we’re all friends and say hello in the playground”

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