Over the past two years, ten organisations across the UK, funded by the DCMS Tampon Tax Fund and Spirit of 2012, have been delivering music projects with female carers to understand what works in using music to increase wellbeing and tackle loneliness for this often-overlooked group.
Through detailed analysis and evaluation of these ten ‘test and learn’ projects, we have generated insights about the impact of creative participation activities on the wellbeing of carers and the people for whom they care.
Join us on Wednesday 23 June
Spirit of 2012 is hosting a virtual summit to share practical guidance on how to design and implement music programmes which improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness for unpaid female carers. At the Carers’ Music Fund Summit, we will also share insights on how to reach unpaid carers, engage them, and keep them engaged.
Keynote speakers will include Baroness Diana Barran and Lord Gus O'Donnell. You will also hear from our learning partners, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Apteligen and Carers UK, alongside the project managers, participants and other experts in the field.
The summit will take place online on Wednesday 23 June at 1.00 - 5.30pm and is free of charge.
13:00 Introduction: Jane Lady Gibson (Chair of Spirit of 2012) and Helen Walker (CEO of Carers UK), including message from Baroness Diana Barran
13:15 Impact and learnings: Presentation of the evaluation of the Carers' Music Fund by Ruth Hollis (Chief Exec, Spirit of 2012) and Nancy Hey (Exec Director, What Works Centre for Wellbeing. Includes discussion on the impact of the fund and key learnings for funders, practitioners and policy-makers
14:00 Keynote speeches: Lord Gus O'Donnell and Simon Baynes MP
14:30 Panel Q&A: Representatives from Spirit of 2012, Apteligen and What Works Centre for Wellbeing answer your questions
15:00 Project showcase 1: Tàlaidhean and MyMusic
15:15 How do we reach carers and keep their interest? Michael Shann (Carers UK) and Imogen Pursch (UK Youth) discuss the barriers carers may face to accessing participatory activities and share good practice in making participatory activities accessible to carers.
16:00 Project showcase 2: Monster Extraction and Women's Work
16:15 Making music online: Talk and demonstration from Jack Drum Arts on how they delivered participatory music activities online during lockdown
16:35 Close and what next
This event is open to all, but is particularly relevant to:
organisations who work with carers
anyone with an interest in understanding how creative participation can improve wellbeing.