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We engage with up to 10,000 people each year in the UK with our music and social activities!

Steel Pan Trust runs a number of tailored projects with small and large organisations. Most recently we delivered a very successful project for senior citizens learning to play steel pan funded by Awards For All; please see evaluation report below. Currently we are funded by the Greater London Authority to deliver community steel pan classes in London and by The Freshwater Foundation in the London, borough of Ealing.

No surprise to read that we are passionate about steel pan. We encourage everyone to try for themselves.  As well as playing for fun, there are accredited qualifications in both playing steel pan and teaching steel pan.  PRSSV a world music education provider offers syllabus for individuals or groups to develop their practice into recognised/certified qualifications.

If you would like to form an arts project with Steel Pan Trust please contacts us. Interaction within our communities can help with major challenges such as ageing and loneliness. Learning a new skill can help to boost confidence and make us feel more engaged and resilient. Besides these benefits, art engagement also alleviates anxiety, depression and stress.

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Elderly people learn to play steel pan

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Outcomes & Impact

Pannist, London

How did you generally feel before starting steel pan? (low mood or other problems affecting you) "I was in the process of recovering from an episode of depression and anxiety that had lasted for over a year. I was signed off of work and was under the care of a team of health professionals. My symptoms were making it difficult to feel enjoyment during my usual every-day activities, such as going out, meeting up with friends and taking care of myself. Gradually my motivation to do these things decreased and my anxiety increased so I became fairly isolated."

If you would recommend steel pan, why? "Steel pan is an excellent outlet for stress. It is very easy to learn if you are a beginner, the instructors can ease you into it, or give you more challenging parts if you can manage them. You leave every session with a sense of accomplishment and an extra 'pep in your step'."

Mixed senior school, Head of Music

“The children work really hard for this (showcase) event, I don’t have to do much at all, they are so keen! The band today is a real mix, some children here are also good traditional musicians, we have level 5 and 6 clarinet, violin, guitar, drummer.   We also have one or two with behavioural issues, but they are all totally committed to the steel band."

"The school has several music groups, but steel pan is the ‘go to’ band when we have an event – they are so quickly ready to perform. The steel band has great recruitment as many children want to do it.  The tutor runs a whole morning of classes. I’m a classically trained musician, so steel pan is entirely foreign to me, but I think it’s great and the Headteacher is supportive.”

Primary school, safeguarding Lead

“The children enjoy presenting and seeing other performers (at the showcase). Steel pan also helps with behaviour as the children focus and concentrate in class. And it’s a confidence booster for shy kids.”

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We are currently collecting monitoring information for all our projects inputs and outputs for 2022-2023. We have a very effective monitoring strategy in place and our evaluation reports are published by outsourced professional freelancers.  Our outcomes and impacts evaluation reports will be published on our website in December 2023. 

The data collected for our community all inclusive music workshops is based on the Greater London Authority (GLA) wellbeing and sustainability measure. It is to help measure London’s success as a place to live  for residents. The GLA's City Intelligence Unit is leading on the development of this measure of wellbeing and sustainability. It is to bring together data on the multiple aspects of our lives that form the basis of our collective wellbeing. This is so that we can track which aspects of our lives are getting better over time and focus on the areas that need improvement.

GLA’s framework has been developed through a review of frameworks used by other cities, liaising with likely users of the measure to understand how it could inform our work, and by conducting in-depth qualitative research with our service users to ensure it reflects the things that matter to people. 

Our evaluations focus on having accessible services; access to diverse local services, good quality of services, bringing satisfaction to our local community, trust in local projects and preserving local heritage. It is all to measure how we are encouraging our services used in being healthy by contributing positively to people's mental health through our activities and towards living a satisfying life. 

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