The Re-Tune Project< Back to Shortlist

The RE-Tune Project offers people with mental health difficulties the chance to make, and then play, their own stringed instrument.

In particular, the Project works with people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and those experiencing loneliness and isolation, especially ex-service personnel.

The workshops take place in the East End of Glasgow, at the heart of some of the most deprived communities in the West of Scotland. Regardless of experience, everyone who participates makes a stringed instrument and is taught how to play it.

Those taking part have found that focussing on the discipline of daily tasks has led to a full, busy learning day that stimulates the desire to keep attending, and then seek out further education within the fine woodworking field and move on with their personal development.

Many local and wider agencies have referred people to the project, including ex-services, NHS mental health and craft institutions.