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Welcome to
Open Harmony CIC

We promote:

  • Connection: strengthening relationships

  • Happiness: increased health and wellbeing and

  • Purpose: confidence and contribution

through music and the creative arts (e.g. dance, visual arts, drama)

We are inclusive, passionate and strive for excellence

Our Story

As a highly acclaimed provider of Arts in Health services, Open Harmony CIC delivers musical and creative arts sessions to help improve health and wellbeing in the local community. 

We are based in Shropshire and cover Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Open Harmony CIC, created by community musician Laura Atyeo, is all about creating uplifting, transformative and joyful musical and creative arts sessions with those in the local community who will benefit most from the incredible therapeutic effects of live music and the arts. 


These sessions are inherently interactive, sensitive to the needs of the client or client groups and flexible in order to enable clients to experience those spontaneous moments of joy and connection that spark newfound confidence and insight.  We aim to have a hugely positive impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of everyone we serve.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you.

Testimonials

"Laura has been doing some great work for us at Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies. She has a unique gift for music and communities and manages to make workshops full of fun and beautiful music! Laura comes fully recommended so book her now!"

"Our first session with Laura was great, the group loved the session and loved Laura, we are going to see what emerges – how exciting."

Richard Mole, Project and Arts in Health Manager, Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT)

Joy Dodd, Project Manager, Maryvale Community Project

"Laura led a lovely session at our Memory Cafe.  She was very organised and professional yet made the session fun and engaging keeping all our members, with varying degrees of dementia, interested and happy."

"Laura is an inspirational Leader and enables those around her to follow and reach their potential, always supporting, guiding and encouraging where needed.   Her passion for promoting the arts in healthcare make her a great asset to Arts in Health”

Sue Bevington, Manager, Home Instead

Rachel Thompson, Primary Care Transformation Lead, NHS England

“Laura's passion is her great strength and she engages her audience very well to create a warm atmosphere for enjoying music”

"Absolutely lovely listening to and watching others enjoy themselves"

Kate Allan, Arts and Health Practitioner

Choir member

Services

The services offered by Open Harmony provide significant benefits to a wide range of people, including:

  • Older people

  • Children and young people

  • People living with dementia

  • Carers and family

  • People with a variety of mental health conditions

  • People with learning difficulties

  • Community centres and groups

  • Nursing and care home staff

  • Service leaders

NB: This list is not exhaustive, please enquire

Music and creative arts sessions

Live music

  • Songs

  • Movement

  • Spoken word, stories, poems

  • Song writing

  • Improvisation


Sessions are inherently interactive, flexible and sensitive to the needs of the individual or group.  They are designed to be universally accessible.


At Open Harmony sessions, you can expect:

  • A warm welcome

  • A pleasant, relaxing atmosphere

  • Creation of music / song / art with others

  • Lots of fun

Content and timings can be very flexible to suit your requirements

Forming and leading choirs

Choirs are a great way to get people together to socialise, make friends and have fun, all the while experiencing the physical, mental and emotional benefits of singing.

Get in touch to arrange a free consultation to discuss your needs.

Arts in Health

Arts in Health is about our clients engaging in the arts (music, movement, visual arts etc) which can promote health and wellbeing and prevent disease. 

It includes:

  • Participatory arts programmes to help improve health and wellbeing e.g. in care homes and community settings

  • Arts in the healthcare environment e.g. hospitals to help promote faster recovery

  • Arts on prescription, working alongside conventional therapies, usually to help reduce social isolation and to support people experiencing mental health issues e.g. low mood or anxiety *


Benefits

  • Increased socialisation

  • Making friends

  • Improved communication

  • Improved mental & physical health

  • Improved feelings of wellbeing

  • Strengthened learning and memory

Enhanced Wellbeing Programmes

We are committed to creating a quality experience for our clients over the longer term.

Open Harmony can offer specialised and tailored musical, educational and performance programmes over a number of sessions.  Sessions are progressive, identifying and building on existing skills and activities to bring about some or all of the following positive outcomes:

  • Increased happiness and wellbeing; reduced anxiety and depression

  • Enhanced confidence and sense of identity through positive social experiences

  • Improved social integration; reduced social isolation

  • Expanded skillset and techniques for music-based therapeutic activities

Suitable for

  • Groups

  • 1:1 for individuals who require additional support

  • Educational, therapeutic or performance-focussed


Including:

  • Singing groups / choirs

  • Song and music composition

  • Storytelling

  • Improvisation within a structured framework

  • Being a key part of achieving or maintaining status as a centre of excellence for care

Serving people with additional needs

We are experienced in working with:

  • People living with dementia

  • People experiencing a range of mental health issues e.g. low mood, anxiety

  • Frail elderly

  • People who are ill or in recovery

  • People with physical disabilities

  • People with learning difficulties


We are committed to ensuring our services are inclusive, accessible and empowering to everyone, regardless of experience or ability

"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain"

Bob Marley

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