Singing for Wellbeing project
The WEA was awarded £19,000 by The Rayne Foundation to develop and deliver a research project in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
The Singing for Wellbeing research project was set up to explore the impact of adult education singing classes on people’s health and wellbeing within the West Midlands.
Below the project video highlights key outcomes and impact:
Project work included the recruitment of over 90 people on 4 community-based singing courses over a 6 month period during 2014. Key outcomes included:
87% of research participants reported improved mental health as a result of taking part in WEA singing courses,
60% reported improved physical health,
92% reported increased levels of confidence,
90% reported increased feelings of social inclusion or belonging,
68% reported a desire to attend more adult education classes
Please read the case study of one of the learners from the project, Claire Barnard: