Tweed Valley Women's Service recently sourced funding from The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to cover the costs of a Sing&Grow program for children and their families affected by violence. An article then appeared in the Foundation's Newsletter - a great example of what can be achieved by collaboration between funders, host organisations and Sing&Grow. To see the whole newsletter, click here.
With the end of the year fast approaching, Sing&Grow takes a moment to reflect on the growth of the project in 2013:
New services offered (Off to School Programs and Music to Play, Praise and Protect Workshops)
Ongoing evaluations to ensure quality assurance and maximum benefit within services (Off to School Initial evaluation report available early 2014; Community Placement Main Study Evaluation Report due mid-2014)
New partnerships developed (Including a research partnership with Melbourne University)
Involvement in the trial of a National Online Database for the Department of Social Services Family Support Program
The launch of our new website www.singandgrow.org
Continued support of our international Sing&Grow partners (Sing&Grow UK)
Networking and presentation of our work at numerous Australian conferences (Australian Music Therapy Conference, Sydney; Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Melbourne; Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference, Canberra; and the Australasian Marce Society Conference, Melbourne)
And plenty of work behind the scenes towards the development of new resources and greater reach to be unveiled in 2014 - in fact you are soon to experience a whole 'NEW LOOK' Sing&Grow!
We are ready to hit the ground running in January and can't wait to be back sharing music with families when the start of Term 1 2014 comes round! Until then, we extend wishes to you for a safe, joyous and music-filled festive season with your families.
The National Sing&Grow Team
Justine Clarke, friend of Sing&Grow, has been found participating in the odd session this year, sharing music with families and learning more about the work we do. This month Justine visited QEC to observe and share sessions offered by our Vic/Tas Manager, Rebecca Huntley. Rebecca provides Sing&Grow music therapy 2 days a week to families visiting the QEC Residential Stay Unit. To learn more about our facility-based work like that offered at QEC, and other Sing&Grow services, click here.
Sing&Grow was honoured to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day with QATSICPP in Queensland recently. This short video beautifully highlights the day's purpose and events (with our very own Claire S making a brief appearance at 1min40!)
With 57 standard programs, 22 workshops and 7 Community Placements conducted across Terms 1 and 2 this year, Sing&Grow remained busy providing services to 927 families across Australia, encompassing 1064 adults and 1285 children. An additional 216 staff and volunteers from host organisations gained a greater understanding of music use with children and their families through their attendance in sessions also.
Satisfaction rates continue to be high with 100% of families satisfied with staff and 99.2% satisfied with the program. 98.4% would recommend Sing&Grow to other parents, and 95.3% would attend the program again if offered the opportunity. In addition, 100% of staff who returned surveys would recommend Sing&Grow to other organisations, and 96% believed it was accessible for all the families.
Data Collection: Sing Grow is participating in a FaHCSIA trial of a central database for all Family Support Program services. Instead of providing 6-monthly reports, all our data is entered into this database for collation. Our involvement in this trial has meant a small increase in the data we need to collect and requires us to gain consent from families for their data entered into the database, but so far we have had a high consent rate as all data is de-identified once entered into the system. The trial is not without its hitches, but the potential benefits to us are high. All the data entered will always be readily available to Sing&Grow, with the hard work of collating the information already done for us! We are excited about the potential of this database and how the data collated may help inform our work, therefore improving our service to the families we see.
Sing&Grow Facility-Based Placements enable the delivery of intensive music therapy interventions that specifically cater for parents and children with complex needs in facilities including Early Parenting Centres, Early Intervention Centres and Mother-Baby Mental Health units. Carefully designed group and individual-family music therapy services work to complement existing parenting interventions offered within the relevant facility offering parents even more for their parenting tool-belt. A recent analysis of data collected at the Queen Elizabeth Early Parenting Centre (QEC) in Victoria showed that Sing&Grow helped 100% of parents completing the evaluation to learn more about child development. 98% reported that Sing&Grow helped them with new ways to play with their child and 89% found the program effective for learning new ways to calm and soothe their child.
Please contact us to learn more about Sing&Grow's Facility-Based Placements.