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

  • Has been proven to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, improve mood, bring to the surface what is difficult to express verbally and improve creativity

  • 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!


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.


  • 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.