Portsmouth Music Therapy Service Saved Ahead of 25th Anniversary by The Health Lottery in the South East

08 August 2018

Med3 Music, who work to support mental health wellbeing through music, is celebrating a grant from People’s Health Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery in the South East. The grant has crucially saved the community group from shutting down in its 25th year due to a lack of funding.  Med3 Music works with people experiencing mental health problems to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, build confidence, self-esteem and motivation. 

The £10,943 grant has provided vital support to the project running costs.  At a time where so many support and community services are closing, the investment has enabled Med3 Music to expand their project and members are now looking forward to producing a new album of original music scheduled to launch later in 2018.

Med3 Music Volunteer, Louise Mills, said: “It’s a huge relief to receive the funding – the grant has enabled us to continue supporting our members aged 20 to 84 within the community.”

Each week Med3 Music runs two sessions. Med3 Music Club meets on a Wednesday and offers social interaction for band members who encourage and support each other through music, participating in playing instruments, singing and listening in an informal setting at a pace that accommodates their needs rather than technical or musical jargon that only people with a formal music education can readily understand.

Med3 Music Live meets on a Thursday and is specifically for members who write their own original songs and music. These sessions have encouraged collaboration between members working together on song writing both musically and with lyrics.

Each of the Med3 Music team have lived experience of mental health problems and are very open about their experiences. They are able to offer understanding and empathy to members and feel privileged to be in a position of being trusted by the Med3 Music members. The project provides a safe place for local people to meet, share their experiences and support each other over a cup of tea. They also write and record original music.

Med3 Music Member Shonach Robb said: “Having been taken under the wing of Med3 Music, the support has lifted me from my deepest depths at my lowest points. They have given me support and strength and have helped me to a better place through my love of music as well as having increased my abilities to fulfil that love with guidance, knowledge, encouragement and support. They have boosted me in my confidence and my mental state and have helped me through some of my darkest times.”

Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in the South East spokesperson said: “The funds raised through the Health Lottery in the south east are changing and improving lives.  It was clear that supporting Med3 Music to grow would have a great benefit to the community.  To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lottery for good causes across Great Britain, of which over £10 million has been raised for the south east. We hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery South East opens on 29 July 2018.”

Health Lottery South East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold from 29 July to 31 August 2018. You can buy Health Lottery tickets in advance from 10 July 2018 online www.healthlottery.co.uk or from more than 32,000 local retailers including the Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and WH Smith. From 29 July, for every £1 entry into a weekly lottery draw the player is automatically gets an entry into one of our monthly mega raffles with a guaranteed prize of £250,000.

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For more information or to speak to a spokesperson from The Health Lottery South East or Med3 Music please contact [email protected]

About Med3 Music

Med3 Music is a Portsmouth based music group for people experiencing enduring mental health problems. Each session is supported by Terry Mills, a professional musician who has worked with Med3 Music for over 18 years. The aim, through music, is to aid recovery, improve the physical and emotional well-being of members, and to help build confidence, self-esteem and motivation. The band was originally called Med3 as a kind of skit on UB40.  Med3 was the form that used to sign you off work for mental health reasons in the same way a UB40 was a form for unemployment.

Health Lottery South East

The Health Lottery South East is a regional lottery which exists to address health inequalities in its area. 

The regional lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and raises funds through The Health Lottery which are distributed by People’s Health Trust.

About The Health Lottery

The Health Lottery is an independent British lottery scheme with a difference. It manages multiple lotteries which operate under the banner of The Health Lottery. Each lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and represents a different region of Great Britain.

We are now consolidating these lotteries on a regional basis. The first regional lottery “Health Lottery South East” will take place between 29 July to 31 August 2018. These 12 regional lotteries will operate in a rotation, meaning that every area in England, Scotland and Wales gets a share of the funds raised. All are run for one specific purpose: Tackling health inequalities in their respective areas. By supporting local health causes, The Health Lottery is making a real difference every week to thousands of people across Great Britain. Over £100 million has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

Health Lottery South East

The Health Lottery South East is a regional lottery which exists to address health inequalities in its area.  

The regional lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and raises funds through The Health Lottery which are distributed by People’s Health Trust.

About People’s Health Trust

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with the regional lottery and distributes the grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

 

 

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