Council charity High Peak launches free rock school guitar lessons to improve community wellbeing

Guitar teacher Kenny Robertson will be visiting Zink’s Market Street headquarters for introductory sessions at 11am on Monday December 6th and 1pm on Friday December 10th, before the full program launch in January.

The counseling and employability charity grew out of High Peak Foodbank and is now branching out into wellness initiatives such as an eco-café, baking groups and a TV channel.

Kenny said, “Music is a great way to bring people together. I know people for whom it is a means of therapy or mindfulness. I’m really excited to get involved in this project with Zink.

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Kenny Robertson is an integral part of the local music circuit.

The program will initially include free guitar lessons for anyone over the age of 16, suitable for both beginners and those with some musical experience.

Following successful application to the National Lottery Community Fund and Music for All, instruments will be provided by Zink.

The idea grew out of research undertaken by students from the University of Sheffield, which provides interns each year to work with the charity.

Zink chief executive Paul Bohan said: ‘We asked them to look at wellbeing support that didn’t talk about therapy, medicine or the NHS and also what kind of activities are going on. in community centers.

“Health organizations recognize five ‘pathways to well-being’ which include learning, connecting with others and physical activity. Better well-being means better self-perception and therefore better employability.

He added: “Music was one of them and we wanted something that wasn’t already happening in the High Peak. There are already choirs, orchestras and bands so we went with the rock school. Kenny was keen to get involved and we can’t wait to launch in January.

“We hope the school will grow and become a regular feature of Zink and other High Peak locations.”

For more information, contact Zink’s Wellness Coordinator Liz Blundell on 07956 709268 or email [email protected]

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