‘Jamming at the Hive’ in partnership with SAMH and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Every fortnight, MiH singer and guitarist, Charlie Gorman, sits within a circle of chairs at the Hive café space at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and is joined by service users. Here, the live music is co-created by everyone present. Audience members are also the performers; they take the lead, perform and play their own instruments whilst being accompanied and encouraged by Charlie. They too, are Music in Hospitals.

The group size taking part in the Music Jam sessions has grown over the past year, now with up to 30 people taking part at a single get together. Care staff at the Hive tell us that these events engender a sense of control, involvement and investment for the people within their care.

‘Music Jam is one of our busiest activities and is loved by everyone who attends. There are a few service users who come every week and the buzz they get from singing with Charlie is so inspiring to watch. Patients’ faces really do brighten up after they have sung something at the group, they are always so proud of themselves (rightfully so) and the whole group is always so supportive of each other on Charlie’s lead.

The group gives people who are often feeling powerless the chance to express themselves and play us their favourite song, which is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know the patient’s characters and personalities, which hopefully rebuilds their identity and recovery.’
Jennifer Learmonth, Assistant Activities Worker, The Hive

  • Keep up the good work! The music had a tremendous effect on our residents. The mood was enhanced ten fold.
    Member of staff, Ardencraig Care Home, Glasgow

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