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From 2005 onwards, the Sidney De Haan Research Centre has actively worked in partnership with universities, NHS trusts and health and arts organisations.

From the beginning of its research programme, the Centre has worked closely with colleagues in other universities in the UK and internationally. An early project involved a major  cross-national survey of singers in established choirs and choral societies in Australia, England and Germany, in association with  Professor Donald Stewart at Brisbane University in Australia and  Professor Gunter Kreutz at Oldenburg University in Germany. Our partnership with Brisbane has continued and work is currently in progress to explore the value of  singing for people with Parkinson’s.

We have also worked closely with the University of Kent and the London School of Economics, in studies of singing and older people and the value of singing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. At the University of Kent,  Professor Simon Coulton at the Centre for Health Services Studies worked with us on a randomised controlled trial on singing and older people, and a study of singing and COPD in East Kent, and  Dr. John Dickinson and Dr. Steve Meadows in The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences worked with on a study of singing and COPD in South London. At the London School of Economics,  David McDaid provided health economics expertise in the evaluation of the Lambeth and Southwark singing and COPD project.

The Centre has built a close relationship with the  Royal Society for Public Health since being established in 2005. Collaboration led in 2008 to the introduction of the RSPH Arts and Health Awards. These have continued and are now an important element of the RSPH national  Health & Wellbeing Awards recognising innovation and excellence in the field of public health practice. The Centre also took the lead in establishing the RSPH  Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing in 2015.

Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of the Royal Society, acknowledged the value of the partnership with the Sidney De Haan Centre at the ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014:

We are very proud of our work in arts and health. Our relationship with the University and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre has been very strong and we are pleased to be a part of the developing evidence base around the subject of using arts for improving general health. I think that this a very important day and I am delighted to be able to celebrate it with you all in this historic moment.

The Centre has also worked in close collaboration with NHS Trusts, Public Health and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Kent and Medway on a number of projects. The Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, the East Kent Community Trust, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Medway Community Healthcare, and Kent Public Health department, have all supported research work on: singing and older people, singing and mental health and singing and respiratory illness.

In the first year of its life, the Sidney De Haan Research Centre helped to establish a new charity  Sing for Your Life to develop and deliver music for wellbeing programmes. Sing for Your Life has been highly successful in creating Silver Song Clubs for older people affected by long term conditions, particularly dementia, and their carers. The De Haan Centre has undertaken evaluations of Silver Song Clubs, and collaborated with Sing for Your Life, Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, and the University of Kent in conducted the first ever community pragmatic randomised controlled trial on  group singing for older people.

More recently, the De Haan Centre has partnered with  Live Music Now, in the development of the  Choir in Every Care Home project, funded by The Baring Foundation. The Centre’s role was to conducted a comprehensive  review of the evidence regarding the potential benefits of group singing for older people, both in the community and in the context of residential care.

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre has also worked with Broadstairs Folk Week on its endeavours in laying on one of the UK's foremost folk events which includes music, theatre, crafts and other arts activities. We continue to engage with the Folk Week on potential partnership opportunities in the future. 



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