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Bedford MID - Practice Forum

Bedford MID - Practice Forum

7th September 2015

It was amazing to get the whole Bedford Music In Detention team together at the beginning of September. With so many dynamic workshop leaders in one room, there was a great positive energy to the whole day. Our team of seven music-leaders deliver weekly music workshops in Yarl’s Wood. We usually work individually or in pairs, so it’s hugely important that we come together every now and then to remind ourselves of our shared aims, to swap practical workshop ideas, and to discuss how to keep the project moving forwards.

The morning session focused on the broad picture of MID’s work to date, and its core aims of improving resilience for those held in detention. We talked in particular about the myriad reasons women find themselves in detention, the mental strain that this can put on them, and how our work can provide them with a ‘protective memory’ to carry them forward.

Aga leading the group in some improvisation

Aga leading the group in some improvisation

We broke at lunch for what turned out to be a gargantuan curry from local Bedford curry house, Bala, and then rejoined for a hands-on planning and workshop-leading session in the afternoon. Here, we focused on how to plan for flexibility, in order to make the best of the very fluid movement of participants in and out of workshops, which is a recurring feature of work in IRCs.

Jo Hudson-Lett said: “It was a fantastic day – I loved being able to talk with the other workshop leaders about my experiences, and to discover that many of both my joys and frustrations at the work were shared by the rest of the team.”

The day was led by two of MID’s longest standing associates - Douglas Noble, who has worked with MID since its inception, and Lucky Moyo, who has led workshops in Immigration Removal Centres in association with MID for over a decade now. Since many of the Bedford team have only been working in Yarl’s Wood for 6 months, it was a great way to connect our fledgling satellite team to the ‘mother ship’ before we set out on another ten-week programme of workshops.

Artists take part in the Bedford MID Practice Forum

Artists take part in the Bedford MID Practice Forum