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The Sidney De Haan Research Centre is proud to receive support from a range of funding bodies.

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The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust provided core funding for the Centre from 2005-2012. The funding allowed the Centre to undertake the earliest systematic reviews of research on singing and health; conduct a major international survey of choral singing and health, and develop and evaluate a community singing project for people with dementia and their carers: The Silver Song Club Project. In the addition, the funding supported a programme of seminars, workshops and conferences all raising the profile of arts, health and wellbeing.

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The Oak Foundation

The Oak Foundation has provided core funding for the Centre from 2013, continuing to 2020. The funding has allowed the Centre to continue to develop research projects on singing and COPD, mental health and Parkinson’s. In addition, the funding further supported seminars, round table events and conferences on arts, health and wellbeing.

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National Institute for Health Research

Funding from the National Institute for Health Research in collaboration with East Kent Primary Care Trust supported the   first randomised controlled trial on community singing and the health and wellbeing of older people.

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council provided funding for study as part of their Cultural Value programme, on the role of  cultural organisations in coastal towns in Kent and East Sussex in promoting social capital and wellbeing.

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Economic and Social Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council funded a two-year national research seminar programme on arts and health from 2012-2014. Details of the programme and its outcomes are described in   Stickley et al. (2016), and papers from the seminar series are published in   Stickley and Clift (eds.)(2017)

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NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust

NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust funded a feasibility study on the value of singing for people with enduring mental health difficulties in East Kent. The study provided clear evidence of reductions in mental distress on the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation questionnaire.

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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust helped to fund a further study on singing for people with enduring mental health difficulties in West Kent and Medway. The findings served to replicate and extend the findings from the earlier East Kent study.

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The Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust supported the development of a project to explore the value of singing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in East Kent. The study showed that regular weekly singing can improve lung function and has a positive effect on the management of breathing difficulties and personal and social wellbeing.

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Guys and St Thomas’ Charity

Guys and St Thomas’ Charity funded a further study on singing and COPD in Lambeth and Southwark to test the findings from the earlier East Kent study. The work was conducted in collaboration with the University of Kent and the London School of Economics. Changes in lung volumes found in the East Kent study were not replicated, but clear improvements in self-assessed health status were found, and   qualitative feedback was unanimously positive and pointed to considerable benefits for personal and social wellbeing as well and an increased sense of effective self-management of the symptoms associated with COPD.

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Military Wives Choirs Foundation

The Centre has worked with the Military Wives Choirs Foundation to assess the benefits of participation in its national network of choirs. A web-based survey was conducted of participants, choir committee members and choir facilitators. The findings demonstrated a wide range of personal, social and wellbeing benefits from regular singing, but also some of the challenges associated with being part of a high profile network which places an emphasis on performance. 

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