Caresouth commenced the 8 week ‘Music Time Twist’ program on 14 October, with Elena Bellinato (MusicConnect Music Therapist) facilitating the group. The program was offered to the clients of the Brighter Futures program, an early intervention/child protection program that offers support to families experiencing vulnerabilities in the areas of domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and disability. Between 8 and 10 families have attended regularly since the group commenced, a feat which is remarkable given that attendance has previously been an issue for families on the program. The group consists mostly of young children aged under three and their parents. Brighter Futures family workers also attend in order to support their clients and to model positive parenting practices.
‘Music Time Twist’ helps facilitate many of the aims of the Brighter Futures program. Specifically, it is a time in which positive parenting messages are promoted, and children’s development is supported. Parents are provided with the opportunity to spend quality time with their child and children develop important social and emotional skills. Parents have reported that their children ‘love’ attending, have become ‘more social’ and get excited upon arrival to the group.
By Cara Chapman, Early Childhood Coordinator CareSouth