Inspire-works’ Drumming for Health workshops have been designed by our Musical Director, Mike Simpson, who is a trained REMO HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator, Rhythm2Recovery Facilitator, Mental Health Youth First Aider and an Associate of the Royal Society for Public Health.


  • Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.*

  • Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year, but simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs.* 

  • 1 in 6 employees experience work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK.*

  • One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time.*

  • For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death,*

  • A record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.*

  • In an average group of 30 x 15-year olds; 7 are likely to have been bullied, 6 may be self-harming, 1 could have experienced the death of a parent.*

    *Source: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England


  • Our workshops have been proven to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, improve mood, bring to the surface what is difficult to express verbally and improve creativity.# 

  • They are fun, peer-reviewed and evidence-based whole person drumming workshops which promote socialisation and ensure a healthy non-strenuous workout.#

  • Little verbal communication is used so they are ideal for participants with English as an additional language (EAL) and bridge all cultural gaps.

  • Builds bridges while fostering nurturing, support, camaraderie, self-respect and respect for others

  • Uses the drum as a tool for communication and personal expression

  • Can be integrated as a therapeutic strategy in group counselling sessions, support groups, rehabilitation centres, schools, hospitals, retirement homes and more

  • Has been proven effective with children with learning, social and behavioural challenges, children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, as well as those with physical challenges

  • Ideal protocol for participants who’ve suffered emotional trauma, as an essential non-verbal form of self-expression.

  • No prior drumming skills are necessary and participation is fully inclusive!

    #Source: REMO HealthRHYTHMS


Drumming for Health & WELLBEING programme for Schools:

  • Suite of flexible differentiated workshop videos for primary and secondary aged children

  • Interactive quizzes and discussion starters to support themes covered in the workshop videos

  • Includes British Values and SMSC themes

  • Uses Arts Award Discover and Arts Award Bronze as a framework.

Drumming for Health & WELLBEING workshops in the work-place:

  • The workshops are flexible in length to suit your setting

  • Covers a variety of common themes such as stress, anxiety, depression, burn-out and improving camaraderie

  • Can be one-off experiences for Away-Days or regular work-placed workshops.

“Inspire-works Drumming for Health & Wellbeing are an ongoing part of our staff wellbeing programme. The workshops prove to be popular and bring together people from all departments in the Hall who may not usually socialise or work together, and gives them a moment to de-stress, re-focus and have fun! We are also thrilled Inspire-works are a founding member of the UK Arts Wellbeing Collective.” ROYAL ALBERT HALL

“Everyone loved the drumming workshop at our summer wellbeing event. It was the most enjoyed and talked about session of the day. The workshops were inclusive and no one felt left out or silly, even with no musical knowledge. You will be able to amazed what you can do with Inspire-works leading you! We will be booking Inspire-works again next year!” LEON RESTAURANTS


  • A parking place for our van/car as close to the venue as possible

  • A hall or large teaching room (preferably on the ground floor)

  • 30 chairs in a semi-circle

  • Our facilitator will need 30 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to pack away.