Creative Change Plymouth

A musically-minded medical student has worked with a leading women’s charity based in Plymouth to release a new single to help them raise funds amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sam Adedero and the Creative Change Plymouth collective that he heads up have worked with Trevi House to release Stronger Than Ever, a song that speaks of the work the charity does to address addiction. It is hoped that proceeds from the sale of the single will help Trevi House, which like many charities has been adversely affected by the pandemic, particularly in relation to reduced fundraising and rising costs. 

The idea for the single originated when Sam – a medical student from the University of Manchester – came to the University of Plymouth for an intercalated BA (Hons) Music degree. As part of his degree, Sam was tasked with developing a collaborative project in the real world, which he did in the form of the Creative Change Plymouth group. 

The group, which also includes Plymouth students Leah Mitchell (Lyrics), Delali Avevor (Vocals and Lyrics), Ben Moore (Guitar) and Samuel Mugglestone (Guitar), had originally planned to organise a music event for Trevi House, having visited the charity earlier this year. This had to be abandoned, however, due to the pandemic. Undeterred, the group evolved the project, collaborating online with musicians from various backgrounds, and with a wide range of expertise, to write and record a song for Trevi.

Sam said: 

“We hope that the song, Stronger Than Ever, resonates with people dealing with different forms of addiction and can serve as an anthem for them as they try to break free from their addictions.”

Trevi House is one of only a handful of residential rehabilitation units for women in the UK and the only one that allows them to remain with their child while in treatment. They are offered an intensive programme that includes daily counselling, relationship analysis, group therapy and medical treatment while their children are looked after in the onsite nursery.

As well as the residential rehabilitation centre, Trevi House also runs the Sunflower Women’s Centre and recently opened Daffodil House. The Sunflower Women’s Centre provides ongoing assistance to 500+ women a year who have been through the residential unit and also helps women in the wider community. It offers a range of therapeutic activities and practical support for women to help them move on from their pasts and develop their self-worth and skills.

Trevi has been fully operational since the COVID-19 pandemic hit with its waiting lists for all services rising weekly. Over the past month, the charity’s Sunflower Women’s Centre has experienced a notable increase in calls from women regarding domestic abuse and mental ill health such as extreme isolation.

Angie Brooks, Registered Manager of Trevi House, said:

“We are delighted that this song has been created in aid of our charity. The lyrics are fantastic, and we really connected with it when we first heard it. We hope that this amazing piece of music is shared far and wide and that donations are vitally made so that we can help support more women and children in recovery. I can imagine the women now stood singing it every time a resident successfully leaves the centre – I think it most certainly does have the potential to become our new anthem!”

Dr Edward Braund, Associate Head of School for Teaching and Learning, paid tribute to Sam’s work, saying:

“This is a fantastic project that really shows how engaged our BA (Hons) Music students are with the real world and how they strive to use music as a tool to drive positive change in our society.”

The song is available to download at Bandcamp.

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