Northamptonshire Carers are pleased to announce that we are launching music activities for female Carers and Young Carers throughout the county. Carers support the economy by an estimated £132 billion per year by supporting loved ones who have a disability, special needs, or mental health condition. Although anyone can become a Carer at any time, 58% of Carers are female and 72% of those in receipt of Carers Allowance are women.

Thanks to funding from the Spirit of 2012 and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)’s Carers Music Fund, Northamptonshire Carers are able to provide a series of music workshops for female Carers of all ages. Northamptonshire Carers have been supporting unpaid Carers in the county since 1992 and are working in partnership with Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) to deliver this programme.

“We are thrilled by this opportunity as we have seen huge benefits of our existing music activities for Carers. Our Carers Choir and Ukulele groups bring often isolated people together and our annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert showcases their passion and talent. Being able to offer more music opportunities will allow us to support many more carers of all ages with a focus on self-expression, creativity and fun. We are hugely grateful to DCMS and Spirit of 2012 and are looking forwards to working closely with NMPAT.

- Gwyn Roberts, Deputy CEO, Northamptonshire Carers

This new project will work with four groups of female Carers: over 50s (1 in 4 women aged 50-64 have caring responsibilities, compared to 1 in 6 men) ; Young Carers as young as seven; an intergenerational groups bringing mums, daughters and granddaughters together and women who care for a loved one with dementia. They build upon the hugely popular Northamptonshire Carers' Choir which supported by NMPAT, continues to bring Carers, male and female, together on a weekly basis to hone a skill whilst socialising with others with similar experiences.

“Thoroughly enjoy it. Such a relaxing atmosphere here. When you start singing, it lifts your spirit and your heart.

- Margaret, Northamptonshire Carers Choir member

The negative impact of social isolation for Carers is well known and the benefits of music activities on health and Wellbeing are backed up by research . Plans are currently being put together but dates of sessions will be released shortly. Please contact Northamptonshire Carers on 01933 677837 or [email protected] for more information or to be kept updated.