Sidney De Haan Research Centre

About the Centre

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre examines the role that participation in creative arts activities, particularly singing and dance, may play in promoting wellbeing and good health.

The Centre was named in memory of Sidney De Haan, founder of Saga, who towards the end of his life was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Friends and family noticed that attending concerts and music events appeared to have a profoundly positive effect on Sidney’s wellbeing, and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust provided core funding for the Centre in its early years.

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is committed to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of well-being and health of individuals and communities, and continues to build the case for Singing on Prescription.

We have shown that group singing has positive benefits for people with enduring mental health issues and people with COPD.

We have conducted the world’s first randomised controlled trial on community singing with older adults showing improvements in mental wellbeing.

We are researching the role of art galleries and museums in promoting wellbeing, the value of drama workshops for children with communication difficulties and the benefits of dance for people with dementia.


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Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
Canterbury Christ Church University
The Block
65-69 Tontine Street
For enquiries Telephone: 01303 220870


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