Researchers from the University of Bedfordshire have published their report tracing the impact of our 2019 Hear and Now project with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Lindsay Jenkins MSc, Rachel Farrer PhD and Imogen Aujla PhD followed the progress of the project work between September and November 2019 and presented their findings of their report 'Hear and Now: The Impact of an Intergenerational Arts and Health Project on Participant Wellbeing' at a University of Bedfordshire 'Beds Talks' event on 13 February 2020.
The research found a significant impact of the project on the wellbeing both of younger and older participants, which was evidenced in the report through the PERMA model of wellbeing:
- "Participants reported numerous positive emotions, including happiness, inspiration, pride and excitement."
- "Many participants' interest and absorption in the activities of the project suggest they experienced a high level of engagement during the workshops and rehearsals."
- "Experiences of support, positive relationships and making new connections were described by all groups and were vital to the positive affective responses, value and creativity of the project."
- "Participants' experience of the project held meaning, in that they were of value at personal and professional levels and allowed participants to feel part of a greater whole."
- "Participants' sense of pride in their own and others' involvement in the project, as well as in their development of skills and confidence, related to an overall sense of achievement and accomplishment."