Colin’s story


Colin was referred to Latch through the Assertive Outreach Team. He is well known in the local Chapeltown community including for his skills and talent as a saxophonist. Sadly, Colin was involved in a traumatic incident 10 years ago which had many negative consequences including leaving him unable to play the saxophone. Music is fundamental to his identity and this had a deep impact on his wellbeing.

We’ve been working with Colin to help him get back into music and find meaningful activity in his life after he had dentures fitted. We pursued many options, including an opportunity to try different saxophones in soundproof studio spaces at the Geraldine Conner Foundation and Leeds College of Music.

This was a success and after securing funds to purchase a sax and following a 10 year absence, Colin is now back playing music on daily basis.  He has spoken about the positive impact this has made on his mental health, confidence and meaning in his life.  He will hopefully be back out playing live again soon!

Our aim is to build positive futures for even more people like Colin… find out how you can help support our work or read about more people we’ve helped.

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