A brand new project for 2019: Little Song Stars

Posted on May 22nd, by Rebeka in Early Years, Youth Justice, YYM News. No Comments

Yorkshire Youth and Music has begun work on a new project called ‘Little Song Stars‘. The project consists of a set of music making sessions with mothers and their babies who are in secure accommodation.

Brought to us by our now lead facilitator, ‘A’ (who remains unnamed to protect her identity during the project), the idea has developed into hour long sessions (alternating weekly between two units) that aim to contribute to better future life chances for children, renewed determination from mothers about not re-offending and the motivation to identify educational and social goals by mothers for themselves and their families. The project concentrates on building and sustaining relationships between mothers and their babies in secure Mother and Baby Units, taking into account that the babies will leave the units when they reach two years old (to go into family or other care).

Even though the Mother and Baby Units are small, mothers whose children move outside the secure estate can maintain connections with the project group, and with their children, through music making.

Our lead practitioner for the project is a trained Social Worker with many years of experience in family work, in addition to her music skills. Managers of the secure units fully support the project, identifying babies’ development, mothers’ motivation and confidence and better family bonding as the main benefits of the activities we have planned.

Here’s what some of our participants are already saying about Little Song Stars:

“It’s the best day of the week when you come with the music”

Another mum insisted successfully to the prison authorities that she be let off work on a Tuesday afternoon so she can attend: “I told them it’s good for my baby, it’s good for me and it’s good for our relationship”

We are really encouraged by the results of the project at this early stage and we will keep you updated on how the project develops later in the year.

If you’d like to read more about the project, you can read A’s account of the journey towards putting a proposal together and what the outcomes have been so far.

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