What is a vulnerable community?
A community where families gather who come with less - less confidence, emotional bouyancy, ability to connect, often with the effects of drugs and alcohol lingering in their lives.
How is mainly music involved?
Each week, Session Facilitators take mainly music sessions in a community-based holistic program or a Government facility, where sessions contribute to the connection between parent and child, where smiles and delight are increased, where joy is found.
Children grow in their literacy and numeracy development.
Parents are encouraged through participation in their children’s lives.
Families establish happy memories.
Children’s brains develop and flourish, with important neural connections being formed.
Parents increase their capacity to parent.
Families connect in a safe, rewarding environment
mainly music collaborates with organisations who provide other strands of care and contribute to the development of the children and their families.
Here's a recent account of the work of mainly music.
“Isolation is the state of feeling alone and without friends or help,” states Collins English Dictionary.
Here’s the opposite of isolation: inclusion, community, companionship, connect, unite, mingle, join.
Roskill South is an area boasting a diverse array of cultures so the risk of feeling cut off might be considered high. However, when the music starts on a mainly music day at Oasis Hub, there is a sense of fun, unity, and connection. At mainly music we know kids are kids wherever they come from and given half a chance to sing and play, they’ll take it with gusto. At the Oasis Hub, the universal language of music means it doesn’t matter so much that the mums might not have a common language. Here there are lots of smiles, impromptu ‘sign’ language, nodding and laughing – definitely a sign of connection.
"Isolation from family and friends may also contribute to anxiety", is another dictionary definition.
We love that in this rich environment of so many cultures, there is such a great community atmosphere. Isolation, anxiety and depression have lost ground in this cosmopolitan little pocket of Roskill South due to the benefits of mainly music’s 30 minutes of pre-schoolers music and morning tea.
Funding the work of mainly music in these communities.
Unlike mainstream mainly music groups, these sessions are not able to be self-funding.
We rely on the generosity of people who understand the unique role mainly music plays in the lives of their families.
Where does mainly music connect with families doing life tough?
Wherever they congregate. Some families are confined to a space, like a prison or a live-in centre.
Some families come to a community centre local to their home. Other families are accessing additional services, along with their mainly music experience.
What are the outcomes?
Music transcends culture. When the songs start, the families engage.
Being fully present in the moment – without the pressure of whatever is at home, they can dance and sing, tap a drum, shake the Lycra panel.
Some families haven’t had and don’t have good relationships modelled to them.
Through the encouragement of the session facilitator, through the reinforcement of the positive song lyrics, through the enjoyment created between parent and child, a great deal of learning and development takes place. But for some of these families, there are short windows of time when we can assist them connect with their child.
Funding the work of mainly music for outcomes like these.
Unlike mainstream mainly music groups, these sessions are not able to be self-funding. We rely on the generosity of people who understand the unique role mainly music plays in the lives of their families.
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