Medley’s Impact pages will look at music, art and nature in turn: exploring how they can help improve motor skills and communication, ease loneliness and isolation, reduce stigma, help physical recovery and rehabilitation (where these are possible), build or renew confidence and life skills, ease depression or anxiety, link people & communities and create new opportunities. Obviously impact may also be experienced across different conditions. For example, music may help an autistic person not only to live with autism but also to recover following a stroke or to face mental health issues like anxiety. These pages will also highlight some specific initiatives and organizations.
The Challenge page will see how music, art and nature contribute to movements for change and help people respond to the world around them.
The final page here, Differences and Assessment, will look at some ways in which initiatives differ and at some of the issues in monitoring their impact.
Over recent years, nature, music and the visual arts have all come to play a growing role in wellbeing. Integral to this is an equally growing body of research into their diverse impacts. Community initiatives or individual experience all contribute to the thinking behind the use of the creative arts, as do universities, the health and care sector, research institutes, charities, trusts and foundations.
Throughout these pages, the focus is on organized group activities, only because these are in the public sphere. Obviously, any individual might find their own wellbeing improves through music, art or nature, and their experience needs more coverage. Contributing to Medley’s forum could help build this wider picture.