Creative Rhythms: Tailor-made, person-centred art, music, nature and sensory sessions to develop, excite and inspire
Wouldn’t it be nice to live a world where people recognise that what unites us is far more important than any ‘dif-ability’* that divides us? Music, nature and the creative arts speak to something deep inside each and every one of us, and promote a great and long-lasting sense of wellbeing and inner peace.
Creative Rhythms offers person-centred, tailor-made art and music sessions along with sensory and intensive interaction time and seasonal outdoor activities to focus on what we all have in common: a love of and deep connection to music, art, nature and the senses. Aside from being tons of fun, sessions can help to develop the following:
- Sensory skills
- Spiritual and emotional wellbeing
- Reclamation of personal power
- Potential for holistic development
- Meaningful opportunities for learning
- Hand-to-eye co-ordination
- Sense of self
- Learning rhythm and tempo
- Motor skills
- Communication skills
- Interaction with others
- Observation and listening skills
- Self esteem
- Sessions are also therapeutic, calming, and inspire happiness
The Creative Rhythms Philosophy is that all people with a ‘dif-ability’ can express themselves and come alive through music, creativity, the senses, alternative communication techniques, and time spent in nature.
Who are the sessions designed for?
Creative Rhythms uses the arts to engage with hard-to-reach individuals, whatever their situation. The sessions work well for children and adults with mild learning disabilities and have also proven very beneficial to those with profound and multiple learning disabilities. These sessions can benefit sufferers of dementia, particularly through music that sparks nostalgia, and they can also act as a positive outlet for individuals with mental health problems or those expressing ‘challenging’ behaviour.
Why choose Creative Rhythms?
The key difference with Creative Rhythms is that sessions can take place in the comfort of your own home. As well as a relaxed environment, this means activities are person-centred and tailor-made rather than having a ‘one size fits all’ approach. In terms of music, Creative Rhythms offers a wide range of resources including a loop machine, karaoke, amplifiers, microphones and a wide variety of musical instruments and percussion, all available at a cost that is designed to be inclusive and affordable.
Are the sessions safe and professional?
Yes. The sessions are fully insured and conducted by Sophie, who has a current enhanced DBS certificate, is an emergency first aider, and also trained to administer Midazolam rescue medication.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions run for either one or two hours, depending on the needs and wishes of the individual or group. Art, music, and nature sessions (summer only) can be combined as required.
What do they involve?
Creative Rhythms focuses on art and music, with other nature-based sessions taking place in the spring and summer months. Sessions are person-centred and therefore are all different, designed to suit each person/group’s needs and wishes and bearing in mind any issues of capacity and ability.
Where do the sessions take place?
Creative Rhythms is primarily a mobile service and comes to the individual’s home (or organisation) for sessions. It is based in Luddenden, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, and covers the whole Halifax area, Todmorden, and most of Kirklees and Bradford.
When do the sessions run?
The sessions can be arranged at a time and day to suit the individual or group, and run all year round.
How much do the sessions cost?
The session prices below reflect fuel and travelling time, as well as the cost of all materials and resources. Prices shown are for one hour. Second hours are all charged at 50% of the usual price.
Groups of 4 or more: £7 each, with discounts for taster sessions available.
Groups of 2-3: £12 each, with discounts for taster sessions available.
Individual: £25, with free taster session and further discounts for block bookings.
Large groups, day centres, schools and organisations: to be negotiated at the point of enquiry depending on requirements and group size. Taster sessions are always free!
Click on the tabs at the top of the home page to find out more about how art and music can make such a difference to someone who is differently (*dif)abled. Keep scrolling for testimonials and gallery!
Phone: 07482 316571
“Sophie has been working with my daughter who has profound mental and physical disabilities. She has introduced art and music into Amanda’s life and made a real difference. Having one to one sessions with someone who really cares and has patience and vision has given Amanda some way to focus her attention to colour and texture and helps to improve her concentration. Music has always brought pleasure to Amanda, but this has really been enhanced by Sophie playing an instrument in her presence and encouraging hands on involvement. These therapies have given Amanda something special to enjoy.” – Cathy & Bill, parents
“Sophie is very creative and she also has the rare ability to tune into peoples’ sensory and communication needs in the most fantastic, person-centred way.” – Sarah Walton, Supported living manager, Creative Support Calderdale
“Sophie has spent time with my non-verbal child on many occasions , both in our home and in an outdoor setting to offer sensory time and encourage my son to interact. The sessions have been well thought out and appealing and he has really enjoyed the time spent with Sophie. The benefits have been more engagement, more smiles, and it has also encouraged his love of music and nature. Robin looks forward to seeing Sophie and experiencing new things.” – Emma, Parent
When working with vulnerable people, the use of photography and video recording is rare, for obvious reasons. As such this gallery is limited – in fact, the only real way of finding out what happens in a Creative Rhythms workshop is to try one and see for yourself ! So please get in touch and ask about discounts for taster sessions.
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