What is the Vulnerable Families Initiative?
Families who enter our country as refugees are sometimes limited by their locale or lack confidence in knowing sufficient of the local culture or language. They remain indoors. They might not have transport or even know how to use public transport to participate in a session.
Families who are led by teenager parents sometimes fear the stigma of being a ‘teen parent’ amongst families who are middle class, appear to have life together and have more resources at their disposal. Sometimes they are limited by their need to participate in studies, in order to complete their education to ensure they are not limited in the future having become a young parent.
Families who are isolated through mental health, or the effects of drugs and/or alcohol often remain in their homes, lacking the confidence to participate in group events in a community setting.
These are families who most often experience mainly music in a community-based holistic program or a Government facility, where employed mobile mainly music leaders take sessions to the families, contributing to the overall care, development and encouragement provided.
Families who live in financially disadvantaged communities also find themselves in a place of hopelessness. The idea of attending a mainly music session can require huge organisational effort and for people with little in their emotional tank, it’s just too far out of reach.
mainly music also partners with local churches and either provides the session resources free of charge and/or contributes through the provision of a mobile mainly music leader. In this way, the local church becomes the community-based holistic contributor.
How do we fund this work?
Unlike most mainly music groups, these sessions are not able to be self-funding – we fund them through giving to mainly music. Raising funds through applications to trusts is drying up. Investments are not returning sufficient contributions to underwrite all community-based initiatives. To continue into the future, we’ll need to diversify how we obtain funding.
The newly created mainly music Fund will further enable us to support and grow this part of mainly music.