Longer Term Projects
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We have a wide portfolio of funders that have supported a variety of longer term projects. These funders include the Big Lottery, the Children’s Lottery and the Scottish Government. This support enables us to work in more depth with smaller groups of children.
Most of our longer term projects involve song-writing with children. Our innovative child-led approach allows children to use music as a safe container for difficult feelings whilst having fun, getting creative, and working as a team.
Our current longer-term projects include:
- 'Feeling Good' in Pilton, Muirhouse and Granton
- Fife Youth Music Initiative Songwriting Project
- Schoolswork with the To Absent Friends Project in the NHS Forth Valley Area
- Outreach work with St Columba’s Hospice
‘Feeling Good’ Project
Our 'Feeling Good Project' aims to improve mental health and wellbeing of children and families in the Pilton, Muirhouse and Granton areas of Edinburgh and develop a community focus through songwriting, music making, singing and digital composing. Our work in the 5 local schools involved in the project includes running community choirs, having nursery singalong sessions with parents and children, and writing and recording new songs with groups of vulnerable children.
Fife Youth Music Initiative
We have been working with Fife YMI to deliver quality songwriting projects for nearly 10 years! Every part of the process from choosing a vibe, finding a tune and writing the lyrics to recording the children’s voices is done in the classroom collaborating with the whole group. In 2019 we will be working with 9 classes in 8 schools writing 9 new songs over a five-week period. Watch this space!
Find out more about the To Absent Friends Project here
Find out more about St Columba's Hospice here
Seasons for Growth
One of our specialist areas is grief and loss. For many years we have partnered with The Notre Dame Centre and the Seasons for Growth Programme. Seasons for Growth is an educational programme for children and young people who have experienced significant change or loss (such as bereavement or divorce), with the core aim of developing resilience and promoting their social and emotional wellbeing.
As part of this project, nine new songs were written and recorded for use in the Seasons programme and more generally, as a support for children experiencing loss, grief and challenging transitions. This material is available on our online streaming programme Songs for Life.