Retune promotes mental wellbeing through creative outlets.
Our charity facilitates live shows and visits hospitals and prisons.
I feel extremely privileged to have been with Retune from the start, working closely with Tom on our wellbeing mission. It is a pleasure to be appointed CEO of the charity. We have a fabulous group of trustees and a strong team putting on fantastic music events and taking our workshops into prisons, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, where we share our SCALES self-help model. My career includes 17 years working in the City of London, a decade running a lifestyle business and a spell as CEO of a cancer charity. I am currently involved in several educational and social sector organisations. I’m also a keen saxophonist, playing wherever and whenever I can, so I know how beneficial music and creativity is for mental wellbeing; it has helped me so much over the years.
After a 40-year career as a primary school teacher specialising in music and French, I am delighted to have this opportunity to be part of Retune’s development. I believe passionately that expressing ourselves through music and other creative arts brings huge wellbeing benefits.
I am a former volunteer peer mentor for Mind, and I’m a trustee of hospital radio at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, where I lead singing sessions for patients with dementia.
I work as a music teacher within the Criminal Justice System and have a keen interest in how music can support wellbeing. Having performed at a live event for Retune, which created a safe space for performers and the audience to share songs and experiences, I then invited Retune to deliver a session with me in a male prison. Music and creativity gave people a licence to talk openly and to ask questions, something which I had not seen from everyone in the group before.
Retune uses the language of music to navigate complex emotions, and provides a supportive community. I believe in its ethos that creativity and mental wellbeing are intrinsically linked, and I’m proud to have joined the team.
What Our Partners Say
I love Retune and everything it stands for. After every event I have attended, I have come away feeling deeply soothed, calm and overwhelmed by its power. It is so rare to find a space that you immediately feel safe in. Retune provides an environment that is safe enough to share your own mental health story and which welcome the lived experiences of others. I welcome the project’s development, as it provides a platform for musicians to share their stories and for everyone at the events to express how they feel. It is magical and refreshing to be in a setting where the pace of life slows for a couple of hours, where emotions can wash over you so naturally, without judgement.
As a Time to Change Champion, and a previous employee at Mind in West Essex, it is clear to me that Retune is such an important organisation to help us understand the empirical importance of mental health and wellbeing in our society. I urge everyone to get themselves off the sofa on a Sunday evening, and get down to support it. Well done to all the team – you are blooming fantastic and I hope that you continue to do what you do for many many years to come.
Sarah Bevan, Time To Change Champion and former employee of Mind in West Essex