This film tracks the development of the Buddy Beat, a social inclusion project conceived by Renfrewshire Lead Occupational Therapist, based in Paisley's Dykebar Hospital. A series of workshops using African djembe drums helped patients during their hospitalisation, but a need arose for something in the local community for people to engage with once they had been discharged and were back in their own homes.
In September 2007, The Buddy Beat started in Paisley Arts Centre where members could play together, create rhythm pieces and support one another on their mental health journey with the directive support of Community Musician Dr Jane Bentley and Occupational Therapist Karen Auld. The Buddy Beat Film 'Keeping The Beat...Our Journey In Rhythm' addresses the benefits that the members have found as a result of participation in The Buddy Beat, including improved self-worth; improved confidence; feelings of social inclusion; friendship and community; cognitive skills; public performance; responsibility and a restored feeling of hope for the future.
© The Buddy Beat