Meet The Chronics, a punk band with a difference.

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Warwickshire County Council invites you to meet The Chronics, a punk band from Warwick.

Promotion of a punk band may seem to Clash with usual council news – but we want to Dropkick The Chronics to the forefront as mental health is an issue each member has personal experience with.

The Chronics formed while members battled serious, long term mental health issues.

Instead of relying on traditional social care methods to help with their mental health the band members chose direct payments to help meet their care and support needs.

But what are direct payments?

Direct payments are a method of paying for social care and support that gives people more control over how their care is provided. They are given to both people with care and support needs and carers.

The Chronics pooled their direct payments together to fund studio and rehearsal time at Warwick based studio – One Nation Studios. The band meet regularly for rehearsals, write music and songs together, have recorded two EPs, and are available for gig bookings.

Since forming the band each members mental health has massively improved. All through trust, independence and music.

Writing and performing together has had a therapeutic effect and offers opportunity for a lot of mutual support. This has led to band members’ increased confidence, the learning of new skills and massive improvements to their mental health. The Chronics next aim is to get out and about doing gigs in the community.

Warwickshire County Council has supported and offered direct payments for 26 years, and strongly encourages the creative use of direct payments to meet the care and support needs of people in Warwickshire.

Councillor Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “ Direct payments should promote choice, control and personalised care and support – it is fantastic to see direct payments being used in such an innovative way – I wish The Chronics all the success for the future.”