Our covid-19 response Due to the pandemic we had to suspend our in-person sessions. We have since focused our energy into adapting our services, finding new ways to support and engage our beneficiaries. Our musicians have kept in touch with beneficiaries, reassuring them that they are valued members of the Changing Tunes community and giving them creative tasks to work on. We have received encouraging feedback... “Thank you so much for your letter, it really brought a smile to my face. Thank you for the practice sheets too, the chord positions are really handy. My guitar is getting some serious hammering, as there isn't much going on here. I'm missing our sessions very much. I don't know if you know how much of an impact you have on people like me. My wife has noticed a change in me. She says I'm more confident since starting with Changing Tunes. I would never have dreamed I would sing and play in front of people and I have and that's thanks to you.” Changing Tunes beneficiary at HMP Stafford We have also created new in-cell guitar learning packs. This has given prisoners a creative outlet to help them express and apply themselves during months of 23-hour lock-up. With support from HMPPS, this resource has been adopted in seven prisons so far. It is proving popular with prisoners across the country. The Deputy Director of HMPPS has praised the innovation of our in-cell packs and Clinks have named us as one their ‘criminal justice champions’. #swinfenconnect we took delivery of 10 shiny new guitars today and in partnership with @ChangingTunesSW will be delivering guitar courses which can be done in cell. What a great skill to learn and another option to support learning and wellbeing 🎸 — HMP&YOI Swinfen Hall (@HMPSwinfenHall) June 2, 2020 We are excited about this resource. Beyond lockdown, we will offer this to prisoners who are on the waiting list to join Changing Tunes. We are busy developing the next stage of musical learning packs for prisoners during lockdown. We’ll soon be rolling out a singers’ kit, a rhythm resource and a music theory pack. We are forming an advisory group of participants to inform the re-launch of our music sessions. We will continue to work with these advisors to guide our work. Our participants are being hit hard by the impacts of the pandemic. They need us now more than ever. Donations to Changing Tunes are especially valuable at this time. Please click Donate to Changing Tunes to find out more about how you can support us.