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Friday 31 January 2020 | 9am - 2pm  


MC² - a mini conference on Musical Inclusion and Mental Health


MC² - a mini conference on Musical Inclusion and Mental Health


Cost: £45 (50% discount for Music Education Hub staff and music teachers, Youth Music funded organisations and students).

Sage Gateshead is delighted to present MC², the first in a new series of mini conferences for Music Leaders, music teachers, project workers and musicians working with children and young people that are experiencing challenging circumstances.

MC² will include presentations, workshops, insights and a panel discussion on the topic of Musical Inclusion and Mental Health. Delegates will come away with new knowledge, insight, skills and contacts.

MC² will be practical in focus: workshops from a Mental Health First Aid representative and CNTW (Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust) will demystify the language surrounding mental health, build awareness of signs and symptoms and walk through approaches to supporting young people experiencing social, emotional or mental health challenges in musical settings.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to speak to charities including Help Musicians UK – who provide extra support for professional musicians at crucial stages of their career and Tiny Changes – set up by the family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health issues.

The Children’s Society will open the event with highlights from their 2019 ‘Good Childhood Report’ and join the closing panel, which will also include representatives from the above organisations, who will offer responses to questions submitted by delegates.

Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.

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MC² Timings

8.45 – 9am: Registration
9am: Welcome
9.10 – 10am: Opening speaker – Richard Crellin, The Children’s Society

Richard Crellin, Policy Manager at The Children’s Society, presents highlights from their 2019 ‘Good Childhood’ Report. Looking at the national picture, he will share what young people have told them about the social, emotional and mental health challenges they face.

10.05 – 11.10am: Workshop 1 – Bill Cunningham, Mental Health First Aid

This workshop will challenge attitudes and stigma surrounding mental health, investigate current models and raise awareness and understanding of the signs of common mental health issues faced by young people.

11.10 – 11.30am: Break – tea, coffee and cake
11.35am – 12.40pm: Workshop 2 – Cindy–Jo Morison, CNTW (Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust) Children & Young Peoples Service INSPIRE Project

The CNTW INSPIRE project enables positive social interaction and participation in a safe inclusive environment with a view to improving young people’s confidence in musical and social settings.

Informed by INSPIRE, this workshop will give delegates the opportunity to explore creative, safe and meaningful ways to engage and support young people experiencing social, emotional and/or mental health challenges in musical settings.

12.45 – 1.10pm: Insight – Safeguarding Perspective

Steve Jinski, Head of Musical Inclusion and designated Child Protection Officer at Sage Gateshead will provide insight into the safeguarding issues when working with young people that experience social, emotional and/or mental health challenges in musical settings.

1.15 – 1.45pm: Panel Discussion

Panel speakers will offer responses to questions collected from delegates throughout the morning.

  • Grant Hutchison (Tiny Changes)
  • Aidan Culley (Help Musicians UK)
  • Bill Cunningham (Mental Health First Aid)
  • Cindy-Jo Morison (CNTW – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Richard Crellin (The Children’s Society)
1.45 – 2pm: Closing remarks and Thank-You

Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England. Their courses are developed by experts alongside people with lived experience of mental health issues.

Bill Cunningham is a psychologist who has been heavily involved in the Mental Health First Aid movement in England since 2007, helping to build the programme in Ireland since 2017.



CNTW have been offering music, singing and songwriting projects to children and young people from both in-patient and community settings to improve their mental health and wellbeing since 2014.

As Senior Music Psychotherapist Cindy-Jo Morrison has experience of working with children, young people and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as complex and challenging needs.

tiny changes

Tiny Changes

Tiny Changes is a charity set up by the family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison following his death in 2018.

Taking its names from a lyric in the Frightened Rabbit song ‘Head Rolls Off’, the charity is inspired by Scott’s legacy and the positive impact of his art and music.

Tiny Changes wants to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health issues, advance understanding about the roots causes and support initiatives that provide help to children and young people impacted by mental health problems.


Help Musicians UK

For almost 100 years, Help Musicians has been providing help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.

It is an independent charity which aims to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, offering a wide spectrum of support which includes; an integrated programme combining Health & Welfare services with Creative development funding, ground breaking research, a mental health helpline for the entire music industry and an incredibly popular hearing health scheme which aims to prevent hearing problems that would otherwise bring musicians’ careers to an untimely end. Working in partnership with others to grow its impact, it’s passionate about creating a world where musicians thrive.

the childrens society

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society works to support young people facing some of the most challenging problems, young people who may have experienced sexual abuse, exploitation or trafficking and are often living with trauma, mental ill-health, no immigration status or in poverty.

They provide specialist support and campaign nationally and locally to improve services and increase protection and support for these vulnerable young people.

Using insights from their services, policy work, or long-standing research programme, the Children’s Society are passionate about improving children’s lives and well-being.

Other events in the MC² series