January 1, 2022

Working with Home-Start to support parent-infant mental health

by Zoe Greenhalgh in News, Projects

Musical Connection is a joint project developed though partnership between Trafford, Salford and Wigan Home-Start and Note Weavers.

The Home-Start charity helps families with young children through challenging times, using a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support.

“Musical Connection” will offer support to parents during the critical first 1001 days of their children’s lives, ensuring that they are better equipped to meet their children’s mental, emotional and developmental needs and give them the best possible start.

Individual family music sessions facilitated by Note Weavers aim to promote parent-infant bonding, improve family wellbeing and nurture children’s early development. These interactive musical play sessions will be delivered via Zoom video conferencing software.  Each participating family will be provided with a music bag containing musical instruments, sensory resources and activity cards to support the family’s musical play between sessions.

Note Weavers will be instrumental in developing six resource videos for Home-Start staff and volunteers to use with future Home-Start families as well as an e-learning training module for staff and volunteers to support understanding of using musical play to support parent-infant mental health.