Using music to find their voice

12 May 2016

Music for Change workshop at Porchlight

Music can play a big part in helping our service users re-build their lives.

Porchlight works with Music for Change to run weekly song writing workshops for residents. These involve learning how to play instruments, group song writing sessions and even elements of music production.

Performing music can be a powerful form of therapy. When people come to us, their confidence is often low – these workshops can help them to rediscover their voice.

Aaron Taylor is a regular attendee. He’d been studying a music course at college before when he became homeless and had to drop out.

He said: “For me, music is an escape from the troubles of everyday life. These workshops are brilliant because they push me – not only musically but academically too. I’m getting to develop my song writing and recording skills, and learn music theory as well. I look forward to it each week.”

Aaron would like to eventually return and complete his studies. He can play several instruments and is developing an ear for music production.

Sarah Cahill also takes part whenever she can. When Sarah joined Porchlight after losing her home, she was shy, quiet and withdrawn. Joining a choir we run with Music for Change was the first step towards regaining her confidence. This led to Sarah writing music of her own which express certain emotions she might otherwise find difficult to convey.

Porchlight runs many activities and workshops. We believe they help people gain confidence and feel part of their communities through education, activities, sports and developing friendship groups.