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Innovative iMuse project set for expanded outreach programme, thanks to Benenden support

18th November 2015

An innovative project which works with those with a range of learning, physical & cognitive disabilities, mental ill health and elderly people in long term care, is set to expand its outreach programme - thanks to a £500 grant from Benenden.

The iMuse project is run by York charity Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) and will use the grant from Benenden’s small grants scheme to purchase a vibrating mattress.

iMUSE is an evidence-based interactive and immersive experience that brings about a range of health and wellbeing benefits. iMUSE uses music, low frequency vibration and visuals to relax and focus the mind. The body is massaged through a vibro-acoustic mattress that gently vibrates. Sound and music is transformed into a tactile vibration that helps to ground the participant and help focus the mind, reduce anxiety and for many, iMUSE provides a welcome opportunity to be in control of themselves and/or their environment.

Claire Hetherington, Communications Co-ordinator at Benenden said: “We went along to AAM at Burton Stone Lane Community Centre to experience the iMuse equipment in action and were fascinated by the possibilities of this equipment. We also met a service user who was clearly very positively affected by their session with the AAM team.

“It’s clear that AAM are providing a valuable service as part of relevant care pathways and we’re pleased to be enabling the iMuse project to undertake further outreach.”

Rose Kent, Managing Director at AAM said: “We run several projects which encourage greater interaction with the arts amongst those that might not normally have the opportunity to do so. iMuse is one of the more innovative projects we run, using the latest technology, and we’re really pleased that Benenden have chosen us for one of their small grants. It will go a long way towards improving quality of life for those that use the service.”

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