Pride of Place Award
"The Right Key" is a social enterprise that uses music to bring about positive change, health and well-being for people on the margins of society. Based in Dromore, County Down, the group has established the ‘Recovery Café’ which is a safe social space for people in the process of recovery: addicts, ex-prisoners, and people with mental health issues.
Their "Voice of Recovery" Singers have performed at major health and addiction conferences both locally and internationally.
They have produced a CD of original songs called 'from the ashes'.
They have released a book of their inspirational, personal stories, poetry and images.
Both are available from the Café at The Right Key building: The Old Schoolhouse, Grove Hill Road, Loughbrickland BT32 3NF,
At the Recovery Café people are brought together to engage in a range of purposeful activities: singing for health workshops, acoustic music nights, instrument tuition and a guitar and craft-making workshop. Hot meals are provided for the elderly/dementia sufferers and their carers. Established in 2012, the project supports 170 people per week from the local community.
The work being undertaken by members of this excellent group through the medium of music, poetry and the arts is of immense value to the target group mainly people recovering from substance abuse, former prisoners, mental health, dementia sufferers and their carers and the elderly. The presentation delivered with feeling and passion and enhanced by contributions from the target group convinced the judges.