On June 23rd 2021, Spirit of 2012 hosted 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
Monster Extraction was part of the Carers’ Music Fund, giving female carers across the UK opportunities for creative expression through music-making.
The project in numbers
Led by Hull-based My Pockets, Monster Extraction was based on the idea that when we have conflict in our lives a monster is created. These monsters hide in the objects and buildings around us hoping that we will, one day resolve our problems and set them free.
Female carers in Hull and East Yorkshire worked with My Pockets to write music that expressed the stories of the monsters in their lives.
As well as music, Monster Extraction groups engaged in craft activities during sessions, including making eyeballs representing monsters.
- Give female carers the opportunity for creative expression through music-making.
- Examine the effect of participatory music projects on the wellbeing of carers.
- Increase wellbeing and reduce loneliness for female carers.