Therapeutic value of music explored in radio programme

SOME of the Pillar team involved in the radio programme at the Mearns FM studio.
SOME of the Pillar team involved in the radio programme at the Mearns FM studio.

THE therapeutic value of music is being explored by members of a local mental health charity in a new radio programme.

Pillar Kincardine has worked in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council Community Learning and Development and Mearns FM to produce the recording during which five members explore the impact music has had on their lives.

The show will be aired on Sunday, April 17 at 8pm.

Pillar service manager Colin Wilson said: “The idea of creating a radio programme arose out of a discussion about music and the way people experience music in different ways.

“I think everybody who was involved in the production has thoroughly enjoyed it and felt they got a lot out of it, including some technical and computer skills, as well as sharing their experience of music which created quite a bit of discussion.

“We are hoping that these little bits of work we’re doing feed off each other and broaden people’s experience, so they get to a stage where they feel they can consider more open learning, like attending a fully fledged college course.”

Pillar Kincardine is a small, member led, charitable organisation that has been working in partnership with people who have experienced or continue to experience some form of mental distress.

The charity, which has been established for two decades, provides opportunities for people to find company, get involved in positive activities and be with people who understand how they feel and who will not judge them.

Pillar is also currently supporting members alongside Aberdeenshire Council Learning and Development and Library Services to participate in a course focusing on Desktop Publishing and Digital Photography.

Project worker Sara Kamrath said: “We have been supporting participants during the course of this specific Aberdeen College certificated course. It allows our members to access library facilities and free internet, engage with other members in meaningful and empowering activities and ease anxieties of return to education. This group has been running for the past seven months and will finish this summer.”

And there are up-coming opportunities for members to get involved in creative writing sessions in May and June to explore their thoughts, ideas and feelings through the medium of writing.

Sara added: “Using six facilitated and supported taster sessions the group will sample and explore a variety of writing techniques, methods and forms.

“These sessions are targeted at the broad spectrum of people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health difficulties. The sessions would be ideal for those whose confidence may be low, who find the thought of joining a group threatening or have given little consideration to writing as a means of coping or expressing yourself previously.”

The sessions will take place in Inverbervie on Monday evenings during May and June. If anyone is interested in getting involved, contact Pillar Kincardine Stonehaven at 42-46 Barclay Street on 01569 767222 or email

Other activities include an Active Recovery Group, Thursday drop-in sessions, Meet and Eat and a garden project - Merrystem - in partnership with Stonehaven Fetteresso Church.

More information is also available at website