Thursday, 7 January 2010

Mainstream in Merton

The Mainstream social inclusion project in the south London borough of Merton is now into its third year. January and all the winter months are busy ones for mainstream and the referrals are coming in fast. In response to this, the mainstream project is busy signposting individuals to activities of their own choice.

Our clients have severe mental health conditions but they also happen to be committed to their mainstream goals. In response to this, the project creates networks with venues where these goals can be accessed and where people's dreams can grow into reality.

One such mainstream venue is Crown Lane Studios in Morden. Our partnership with John Merriman at Crown Lane is exceptionally valuable. Clients are accessing the studio for musical rehearsal, recording, collaborations with other musicans and trainings in music production. There have been highly significant spin-offs from the partnership. Two clients have completed CD recordings of their work and are actively promoting through performance and management. One client has had a sell-out promotional launch of her CD 'Grace' and has already had her music commissioned for a commercial website. Arts and music mainstream achieves highly credible outcomes for employment and self-employment.

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