The intervention team included musicians, visual artists, singers and actors with vast experience working in community settings with diverse groups.
* The intervention had two phases, the first phase included six weekly sessions with old and young people in care homes. The second phase involves an artistic response to beperformed publically as part of the Doorstep Theatre Festival (November 2017) to care home settings and other venues in the Torbay
The intervention had the following aims:
*To reduce isolation
*To improve sense of self-worth and self-esteem for older and younger alike
*To increase community cohesion
*To achieve these aims, the following objectives were identified:
*To assess the effectiveness of the intervention in terms of wellbeing
*To identify CPD opportunities
*To create new music for the community and beyond
*The purpose of the evaluation was to assess whether the MBWM intervention was effective in achieving its aims and objectives, in particular whether it was effective in improving the wellbeing of young children and elderly people attending the sessions.
*The evaluation took place in two care homes and used a mixed method design that included quantitative and qualitative methods to capture data from verbal, pre and post-verbal
*Research methods included the Arts Observational Scale (ArtsObs); observations (6 sessions in total: 3 sessions in 2 care homes), feedback from residents an d children after
4 the music sessions, 6 telephone interviews with childminders, 4 face-to-face interviews with care home staff members and 1 focus group with the intervention team.