Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

The Re-Tune Project< Back to Shortlist

Run by volunteers, The RE-Tune Project offers people with mental health difficulties the chance to make, and then play, their own stringed instrument.

In particular, the Project works with people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and those experiencing loneliness and isolation, especially ex-service personnel.

The workshops take place in the East End of Glasgow, at the heart of some of the most deprived communities in the West of Scotland. Regardless of experience, everyone who participates makes a stringed instrument and is taught how to play it.

Those taking part have found that focussing on the discipline of daily tasks has led to a full, busy learning day that stimulates the desire to keep attending, and then seek out further education within the fine woodworking field and move on with their personal development.

Many local and wider agencies have referred people to the project, including ex-services, NHS mental health and craft institutions.

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