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
Project Alaw was part of the Carers’ Music Fund, giving female carers across the UK opportunities for creative expression through music-making
The project in numbers
Project Alaw reduced the social, educational and emotional negative impacts that girls and young women in caring roles can experience when caring for parents, siblings, and children.
Through music and a series of workshop programmes, girls and young women in caring roles in Merthyr Tydfil engaged with other people who may be facing similar difficulties. During the sessions, the girls and young women learned new skills through varied music activities and improve their self-esteem and social confidence.
Project Alaw ran four cohorts, using the learning from each to develop the next, and tailoring their approach to the needs of the girls and women taking part.
- 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.