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Songwires Concert

A very big thank you from all of us here at AAM to our friends at Songwires. They held a collection for AAM at their recent concert in York and raised £126, which will go towards our IMPs programme.

Songwires run inclusive singing projects for primary aged children. For videos from their recent show (including a joyful rendition of Donald Where's Yer Troosers!) and information on future projects, please visit their Facebook page.

Big, big thanks to Anna and Jane, to the parents who helped with the collection (thanks Tracey!), to the brilliant young performers whose set of 'happy' songs left everyone with huge smiles on their faces and to everyone who made a donation. We think you're all fabulous!

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

H&Vs Apprentices

A huge AAM thank you to the wonderful Mulholland for organising a fantastic fundraising gig for Accessible Arts & Media to celebrate Neil Young's 70th birthday.

Ann and Stan from Mulholland got together some of York's finest singer-songwriters, including Ian Ravenscroft, David Ward Maclean, Chris Helme and Shaky Horse (York's own Neil Young supergroup, put together specially for the night), and The Buccaneers. The Basement was packed and the audience sang along to Neil Young favourites, including a special singing and signing version of Til the Morning Comes, led by our fabulous Hands & Voices apprentices and Mulholland.

Big, big thanks to Ann and Stan, to all of the incredible musicians who performed, to the brilliant audience who dug deep in their pockets when the collection buckets went round and to the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust, who covered the cost of the venue hire and sound engineer so that 100% of the money made on the night was donated to AAM.

The night raised a whopping £1,124 for Accessible Arts & Media, which we think is AAM-azing! You can see some photos from the night over on our Facebook page.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

H&Vs Workshop

Following a presentation given by our wonderful AAM Ambassador Patrick Corker at a local NHS Care Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting, Accessible Arts & Media were invited to attend this year’s NHS Foundation Trust Members’ Day, held at the York Barbican.

As well as being the AGM for the Foundation Trust, the event also aimed to highlight the issue of men’s mental health to its members. At AAM we're well aware of mental health issues through the work we carry out and know that mental wellbeing can often be overlooked, or seen as a secondary factor, to any disability or health issues individuals may have. We know that taking part in activities, particularly creative and socially-focused ones, can have a hugely positive impact on wellbeing. Our Hands & Voices choir and the way in which its members support each other and genuinely love rehearsing and performing together is a shining example of this.

NHS Members

It was a great privilege then for our Hands & Voices Apprentices to be invited to be the warm-up guys for State of Mind, a charity working to harness the power of sport to promote positive mental health. Our apprentices Phil, Peter and Ricky took the crowd through one of their brilliant singing and signing warm-ups, and were a big hit. True to form, the apprentices even bought the Chair of the CCG, Frank Griffiths, to task for not signing along with everyone – sorry Frank!

We were also given the opportunity to set up our iMUSE equipment at the event, giving a wide range of public health officials, carers, staff and management the chance to experience the unique multi-sensory environment first hand. Our expert team were on hand to talk about the therapeutic benefits of iMUSE and its potential for supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

The feedback for our iMUSE outreach programme was extremely positive and we now hope to continue developing this work with the support of some of the healthcare professionals and trust members who we had the pleasure of meeting.

Yorkshire Ambulance

We’d like to say a big thank you to the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for inviting us to such a great day. As well as getting to see all the other brilliant guests, one our favourite moments has to be seeing the smiles on our apprentices’ faces when they got to have a go in the Yorkshire Ambulance!

 

 

 

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Floral Safari

 

On Wednesday November 4th our fabulous Hands & Voices Choir will be joining forces with Haxby & Wiggington Flower Group, as they invite you to join them on their musical and floral journey around the globe.

Our band of intrepid explorers will Sing and Sign their way through five continents, while members of Haxby & Wiggington Flower Group demonstrate their beautiful floral designs, based on some of the traditional styles from across the world. We hear there may even be a little Floral Safari fancy dress involved!

Tickets cost £8 / £4 concessions and all tickets include a glass of wine or fruit juice. A raffle will be held at the end of the evening and the lucky winners will get to take home one of the beautiful floral arrangements.

Tickets are available from Sue on 01904 413381, and also on the door on the night.

All profits will go towards supporting our Hands & Voices Choir.

Happy Birthday Neil Young

 

On Thursday November 12th the Legendary Neil Young will turn 70 and the fabulous Mulholland are organizing a birthday celebration to mark it in style, and they’ve only gone and asked our Hands & Voices apprentices to join the fun!

Our motley crew will have the honour of opening the night for some of York’s finest including CHRIS HELME, BOSS CAINE, DAVID WARD MACLEAN, IAN RAVENSCROFT, THE BLUEPRINTS and of course MULHOLLAND.

Even more amazing is that all monies raised on the night will be donated to AAM helping to support the vital work we do in the community. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, especially to Mulholland, who we certainly think have A Heart of Gold!

The birthday bash will be held from 8pm on Thursday November 12th at The Basement, City Screen York and tickets cost £6 in advance and £8 on the door. Make sure you don’t miss out on this epic night, click here to book your tickets now – oh yes, and there will be cake!