Musical Beacons

Let's get online and be Creative. Find your Voice!

Musical Beacons is an action-research based approach to creative music making for families that supports positive mental health and wellbeing. We partner with children’s centres, care settings and housing associations to reach families who may have less access than others to creative activities. Musical Beacons is about supporting family and community connections, enabling leadership skills in children and encouraging creativity in everyone.

Email Gail to find out more
Dates: Thursdays from 1st Oct – 10th Dec (not 29th Oct)
Time: 4.30 – 5.15pm
Venue: On Zoom

Let’s get online and be creative! Children 0 – 8 WITH a parent or carer – everyone joins in. With fully DBS checked facilitators, we have fun, gain confidence and feel connected.

Please register in advance to join the call.

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Running in partnership with East Sussex Young Mother’s Service from Summer 2020-21, Musical Beacons Coastal Connections will:

  • Inspire young mothers with lived experience of homelessness to make music at home using simple, creative ideas, in order to develop confidence, communication skills and playfulness
  • Facilitate and inspire artistic activity that promotes positive mental health
  • Enhance skills to support recovery, including the delivery of Bronze Arts Award to support personal and professional development
  • Create musical legacy in both Newhaven and Eastbourne houses to support ongoing artistic activity, including the delivery of cross-sector coaching/training with ESYMS to support professional development


What do you do at Musical Beacons?

  • Share stories and ideas to write songs and compose music
  • Sing and play musical instruments
  • Play musical games
  • Perform at local events
  • Arts Award: within Musical Beacons Soundcastle can deliver Arts Award Explore or Bronze

Why do these things?  

  • 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