Programme: Developing Healthy Lives
Date: 18/06/18
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

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Join us for this event exploring how the Community Orientated and Opportunity Learning (COOL) Music project has helped engage groups of hard-to-reach young people in Edinburgh to improve their health and wellbeing. Researchers at GCU will provide an overview of the project, highlighting key findings thus far, before passing over to our creative partners who will explain their approach and evidence its success. The event will close with COOL Music participants showcasing their projects, performing their songs in a welcoming environment.


Stephen Millar is Lead Researcher on the COOL Music project at GCU. Stephen’s work focuses on the use and experience of music in everyday life, particularly among those at the margins of society. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Queen’s University Belfast and has carried out policy work on the arts for both the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Jordan Butler is founder and CEO of Heavy Sound, an East Lothian-based community interest company that specialises in delivering music and arts-based services to young people. Partnered with GCU for the COOL Music project, Jordan leads a team of tutors who use participatory music-making to engage young people to improve their health and wellbeing. Jordan has a background in youth and community work, before which he was a performer within Edinburgh’s underground hip-hop scene.

The COOL Music project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Scottish Government.

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