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Bishop's Stortford mental wellbeing organisation Retune resumes face-to-face workshops with visit to Windhill21




Bishop's Stortford-based mental wellbeing organisation Retune resumed face-to-face workshops with a visit to Windhill21.

Led by founder Tom Ryder, the workshops encourage children to harness creative outlets such as music and the arts to improve their mental health.

Year 5 pupils at the Bishop's Stortford primary school interacted during the sessions through singing, drawing, writing and coming up with ideas to compose a song in five minutes.

Retune founder Tom Ryder leading a workshop with Banksy Class at Windhill21. Picture: Vikki Lince
Retune founder Tom Ryder leading a workshop with Banksy Class at Windhill21. Picture: Vikki Lince

They were also taught about Retune's SCALES model for wellbeing – Sleep, Creative, Active, Listen, Earth, Social – and were encouraged to come up with ways to tune up their emotions and express their feelings.

The workshops were funded by Retune's sister charity, also called Retune. It is hoped further sessions can be offered to Stortford schools.

"We've managed to deliver a few workshops online over the past year, but there's no substitute for being in the room, connecting and interacting with young people and helping them to improve their resilience and emotional health," said musician and journalist Tom.

"Some of the responses were absolutely stunning; the Year 5s really grasped the concepts well. It's clear that the pandemic has been a real mental health challenge, but having self-care tools up your sleeve can help weather the storm."

Windhill21 headteacher Philippa Moore said: "Tom's crafted way of using the power of music to support the children to reflect on their own mental health is genius.

"The workshops are delivered in an honest and engaging manner which captivate and enable the children to reflect on ways they can 'retune' their emotions.

"This was just what the children needed post-lockdown and we'll definitely be having Tom back to deliver further workshops in the future."

Retune founder Tom Ryder leading a workshop with Banksy Class at Windhill21. Picture: Vikki Lince
Retune founder Tom Ryder leading a workshop with Banksy Class at Windhill21. Picture: Vikki Lince

Retune is restarting its live music gigs at The Horn at the Half Moon on North Street in September, and during lockdown the team have designed a free mental wellbeing app which can be found by searching Retune Wellbeing in all app stores.

To find out more about Retune, visit retunewellbeing.com and follow @RetuneWellbeing on socials.



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