Movingsounds is a community of professional facilitators passionate about the power of creativity to transform lives. As musicians, artists and film-makers we run experiential, dynamic workshops to inspire and educate.
We live in exciting times and we must empower ourselves to create the world we want. We work with a wide range of groups to explore sustainability, community building, wellbeing, and leadership through inspiring processes. Creativity, empowerment and celebrating diversity are used to create profound understanding and lasting change.
Our learning resource poster about how to use music to benefit people living with dementia is now published and available for day centres, care homes, families and carers!
We are really pleased and grateful to have received funding from The Allen Lane foundation and The Henry Smith Charity for workshops using music to support those living with dementia in areas of deprivation in Brighton and Sussex. We’ll keep you in touch with how it goes!
A huge thanks to Brighton Dementia Alliance, Age UK and Brighton Andy Hove Clinical Commissioning services for funding Movingsounds to run music for health workshops in 4 day centres in Brighton and Hove helping to create a city-wide dementia friendly community.
Creative Tools for Social Change.
We’re super pleased to receive funding from Erasmus to work with our friends at Ecodharma and the Ulex project in Catalunia, Spain. The funding allows us to run courses on Creative Tools for Social Change and fund participants connected to Movingsounds. Ed will be co-facilitating a course in November and Keith and Lex in April, both on Creative Tools for Social Change. Bring it on!
Music for Dementia
We were successful in our music-for-dementia funding bid! Huge thanks to the National Lottery, Lewes Town Council and all those who supported us in the bid writing. Movingsounds can now run music for dementia workshops across the Lewes District. We’ll also provide staff training and produce a learning resource on music for dementia.
Music has hugely beneficial effects for those experiencing dementia and I have been moved many times in the sessions. Stay in touch if you want to know more about this valuable work.
Partners we have worked with
• ONCA gallery
• The North South Centre, Portugal.
• Transition Network
• Eco Schools
• Pye Global
• Queen Marys University, London
• Scottish Natural Heritage
• Circle of Life Rediscovery
• Magic Me Intergenerational arts
Brighton and Hove County Council
• The Community Chef CIC
Schools and Colleges
We have worked with countless schools all across Britain over the years including every Secondary School and nearly every Primary School in Brighton, every Secondary school on the Isle of Man and schools as far apart as The Isle of Eigg Primary school on the west coast of Scotland to Tideways School in Newhaven and so many in between.
“Having you guys in school to do the performances and workshop was such a positive experience! All the feedback from students and staff has been what a great job you all do at sending out an important message.” Debs Shah-Smith, Uckfield Community Technology College
“Heart-warming, soul-nourishing; what a joy to receive such a thoughtful and challenging experience- with the gentle encouragement we all need if we are to keep moving and learning.” Lizzie Overton. Headteacher, Lewes New School.
This book is a toolbox of arts based environmental education activities with 48 pages of games and workshops that we have developed over the years. Both playful and profound, it is great for anyone wanting to facilitate positive change or just have creative fun with groups of people. Forward by Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns Network.
Contact us if you would like to order a copy.
Ed Wade-Martins, co-founder of Movingsounds recently cycled 10,000 km from his home in Sussex to Mali in West Africa with just a guitar, a video camera and an open heart. This was a fossil fuel free journey of radical re-empowerment that inspired Substantial Films and the Visions Channel to follow his experience and create this incredible documentary film.
To watch the full version just click here