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Creative Directions

Creative Directions

Creative Directions

Through rousing folk music, Creative Directions will offer localised opportunities for residents with and without lived experience of mental ill health to devise new songs and compositions that celebrate and journey through the past, present and future of Doncaster’s rural communities.

Creative Directions will place professional folk musicians and facilitators in the heart of Doncaster’s communities to offer weekly opportunities to experiment with vocal and instrumentation techniques. Through sustained engagement we will improve participant wellbeing and support all individuals (disabled and non-disabled) as equals to develop the strategies needed to maintain good or improved mental health. 

Doncaster is a large borough of over 300,000 residents and a network of fiercely independent communities. By working at a local-level to build two Creative Directions programmes in Edlington and Askern the project will support individuals referred to the programme by health partners, whilst building social connectedness with existing community groups to participate in the programme. This will include opportunities to progress into volunteering and a broader range of social activities on a long-term basis.

The support from Spirit of 2012 gives a tremendous boost to our mission to transform access to arts and health activity, and reduce loneliness and isolation. We can't wait to get started.

darts CEO, Duncan Robertshaw


Project spend

3 Years

Project duration