New Vibe is a free creative group music-making project delivered by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in partnership with NHS Lothian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). New Vibe exists to support young people with moderate to severe mental health problems who are referred to the project by the CAMHS team as part of their planned recovery.
Workshops are led by renowned animateur and guitarist Paul Griffiths alongside a team of specially trained musicians. The project is supported by carefully selected peer mentors drawn from the existing senior cohort of SCO VIBE
musicians, and by therapists from the CAMHS team. The musical team is trained to be aware of the needs that young people with mental health issues may have, and to support musical and social interaction in appropriate ways. Participants of any musical level can take part, especially as the emphasis is on encouraging experimentation and co-operation over technique. Participants are referred through CAMHS.
It’s a fun way to express yourself in music. You are supported the whole time.
The inaugural New Vibe three-day course took place over a long weekend in October 2019, with a follow-up course during the mid-term holiday in February 2020. Following a pause in the project, in February 2021 the SCO were able to run a course successfully online. Despite the challenges, all involved recognised that online interaction can be an excellent first step for some participants. The SCO is currently planning the next iteration of the project which will take place in October 2021.
… a highly effective therapeutic intervention