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

MyMusic Northamptonshire will work with four groups of female Carers, running a series of 12-week projects:

  • Resonate: For women over 50 in a Caring role (1 in 4 women aged 50-64 have caring responsibilities, compared to 1 in 6 men)
    From November 2019 to February 2020
  • Resound: An inter-generational group bringing mums, daughters and granddaughters together. From March 2020 to May 2020
  • Reverberate: For Young Carers between the ages of 7-17. From June 2020 to August 2020
  • Radiate: For women who Care for a loved one with Dementia. From September 2020 to November 2020

These sessions build upon the hugely popular Northamptonshire Carers' Choir which, supported by NMPAT, continues to bring both male and female Carers together on a weekly basis to develop 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.

Resonate is the first 12-week project launching at the end of November, offering female Carers over 50 the chance to come together and share stories through music and song, in a friendly and inclusive environment. No prior musical experience is needed and alternative care/transport arrangements are available. Please see below for more information about our Resonate groups, which begin the week commencing 25th November.

  • Daventry Group – Mondays 1.30-3.30pm at The Daventry Band Hall (NN11 0PN)
  • Corby Group – Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm at Priors Hall Park Community Centre (NN17 5EB), with lunch provided
  • Northampton Group – Tuesdays 2.30-4.30pm at Broadmead Baptist Church (NN3 2QY)
  • Wellingborough Group – Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am at the Swanspool Pavilion (NN8 9SR)

For more information or to be kept updated, please contact Jess Hollingshurst on 07496 453294 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, contact Northamptonshire Carers on 01933 677837 or email [email protected]. Details of the groups can also be found here.