A snapshot of Doncaster during the pandemic is being created through a musical playlist

A collaborative music project in Doncaster is asking for people to suggest songs to add to its playlist which is monitoring the collective mood of the community over the next few weeks.

By Laura Andrew
Friday, 10th April 2020, 6:00 am

Andrew Goodall, Chief Operating Officer of Health Watch Doncaster had the idea to start a rolling playlist to boost morale.

He said: “Music has always been an inspiration to me and I play it all the time around the house and at the office.

“Me and my team at Health Watch had been sharing songs with one another as we worked from home and then I thought I bet others could benefit from this as well.”

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Andrew Goodall and the health watch team. NOTE: This photograph was taken prior to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

The playlist is topped up with new songs Monday through to Friday and can be listened to on their website and on YouTube.

“We’ve had a real mix of song suggestions from upbeat tracks from the 60’s and 70’s to Northern Soul and more dance based anthems,” he continued.

“This is a real snapshot in time of what Doncaster people are feeling - music can be a real reflection of emotions.

“It’s interesting to see if people lean more towards comfortable classics or motivational tunes to get them through this stressful time.”

Andrew is hoping that the shared joy of music will encourage more people to use the Health Watch service and reach out about their experiences of Covid-19.

“We’re listening to what local people are sharing about their experiences during the coronavirus situation, and making sure they are signposted to services that may be able to help with day-to-day tasks,” said Andrew.

The playlist began on April 1 and since then has gotten bigger every day with more and more song nominations coming in.

Health Watch Doncaster is also seeking out more volunteers to join their team - this is to aid with phone support and face to face support in the future when social distancing guidelines are relaxed.

You can listen to the playlist here: https://bit.ly/HWDSongPlaylist and if you want to share a song, email: [email protected]

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