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Good practice event at Haslar IRC.

Good practice event at Haslar IRC.

24th January 2013

In early December a group of people involved in MID and the new MID Gosport local partnership came together to help put together a good practice framework. We need to do this in order to support the quality of a growing range of activity, as our established workshop programme is supplemented by new activities involving detainees and local musicians. 

The event was hosted by Haslar detention centre and facilitated by Joanna Ridout, a MID trustee who also helped develop MID Gosport. Those present included artists, music delivery partners, Haslar staff, people from local services and organisations, Gosport's deputy mayor, and MID trustees and staff.

We spent the afternoon reflecting on what is good about MID's workshops, what are the benefits for participants, how we can evidence these, and how we can share best practice. A wealth of material was created, some were inspired to learn more about MID's work and others had their enthusiasm rekindled. It was a great start to defining the qualities of MID's work and a strong endorsement of the power of participatory music making, as one participant on the day commented: "People who play together stay together!