The OK Youth Group provides weekly music sessions for young people from the ages of 16 to 35 who have experienced an episode of psychosis, to enable them to regain confidence and develop new skills which they can use to help their recovery and re-integration into the community. We are currently working in partnership with the West London Mental HealthTrust in 2 boroughs, in collaboration with the Support Workers from the Early Intervention Support (EIS) Team in Hounslow and the EIS Team in Ealing.
Clients have the opportunity to explore various instruments and then choose an instrument they want to learn and work together writing a song, performing and recording their own CD.
- They develop skills to interact, communicate and socialise with others in and outside of the group due to taking part in a constructive group activity.
- They gain confidence and self-esteem from learning a skill, and a sense of accomplishment and pride from creating and performing a piece of music.
- Their recovery is aided by access to a safe place and a therapeutic environment.
- They feel part of and contributing to the community, helping to improve their future well-being.
Funding for the pilot project was provided by the Royal Society of Arts, and now thanks to funding from the Hounslow Community Grant, we are able to continue this project in Isleworth. A grant from John Lyon’s Charity enabled a pilor group to start up in Ealing in November 2015. The young people from the OK Youth Groups have made a CD and some have performed with the Music School at the Christmas Concerts. Some of them have already gone on to find work or go back to college and been able to further their love of music.
For further feedback see Testimonials OK Youth Group.