My Pockets Music is a song writing project that uses music and creativity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Read the illuminating external report on the project here.
Over the past 5 years we have worked across Hull and East Yorkshire with young refugees, young people who have been bereaved of a parent, young carers, teenagers facing homelessness, LGBT youth groups, young people in care, and young people from economically disadvantaged areas. All of these young people have mental health problems or face mental health pressures.
Groups and young people can start the project with no musical experience at all, they work with our team to play together, write songs and lyrics, shoot a video and then perform their songs live for the others taking part and their friends and families at an always chaotic and brilliant live event.
Making music has a powerful effect on everyone who takes part. It brings people together, it makes people listen to each other, it is a way to blow off steam, to have fun and to let your creativity loose. We love this project and have seen it make a very real difference to hundreds of young people.
Visit the My Pockets Music Playlist for more.
Or watch some of the videos below.
The project is funded by Spirit of 2021 and Youth Music. Our partners include Mind, Headstart, Hull City Council and East Riding Council.