Singing Mamas On Prescription

Starting September 2021

Funding success!

Holistic Harmonies deliver Singing Mamas Choir sessions and Songline Health Choirs and in April 2021 received £7000 in grant funding from Cheshire and Merseyside Perinatal Mental Health Services to deliver a combined programme of online and face to face Songline Health Choirs. 

How to get involved 

We will be working across Liverpool and Knowsley Local Authorities with GP’s, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres to recruit pregnant and postnatal women to join Songline for free.

 

​Get in touch if you are

  • An organisation, GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker

  • A woman who is pregnant/in the postnatal period and would like to refer yourself for a place on our programme

What is Singing Mamas - Singing On Prescription?

Singing On Prescription is a programme of complementary support created by Singing Mamas Choir CIC to run alongside or in place of a traditional medical intervention for an individual’s health needs.

Sessions allow individuals to experience the joy of singing in a safe and supportive environment, guided by a fully trained choir leader from the Singing Mamas Network. The accompanying resources encourage participants to reflect on the experience and set goals for better health and well-being.

FREE funded places

In April 2021 Singing Mamas Choir received £7000 in grant funding from Cheshire and Merseyside Women and Children's Services to deliver a combined programme of online and face to face Songline Health Choirs within Liverpool and Knowsley local authorities.

How to get involved 

We will be working across Liverpool and Knowsley Local Authorities with GP’s, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres to recruit pregnant and postnatal women to join Singing Mamas - Singing On Prescription for free.

 

Get in touch if you are

  • An organisation, GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker

Or​

  • A woman who is pregnant/in the postnatal period and would like to refer yourself for a place on our programme

Benefits of Singing for improving health and well-being

We believe that singing, especially as part of a group, positively affects our mental, physical and emotional well-being - we’ve seen it so many times over the last 10 years working in the community.  

  • It improves posture, breathing and lung function

  • It fosters overall happiness and joy of living

  • It reduces social isolation

  • It wards off depression and anxiety

What we achieved with our previous online programme in 2020

  • 70 women took part (with bumps and babies) 

  • People scored the programme 9/10 for overall effectiveness

  • People scored the programme 9/10 for overall enjoyment

  • 75% of people felt they learned a new skill

  • 98% of people felt part of a community

  • 89% of people felt they received support to move forward

(Statistics taken from the Singing Mamas Choir post programme evaluation report 2020)

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Intergenerational Music & Movement Pilot Programme

July 2019

Funding success!

Holistic Harmonies deliver Singing Mamas Choir sessions and Songline Health Choirs and in April 2021 received £7000 in grant funding from Cheshire and Merseyside Perinatal Mental Health Services to deliver a combined programme of online and face to face Songline Health Choirs. 

How to get involved 

We will be working across Liverpool and Knowsley Local Authorities with GP’s, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres to recruit pregnant and postnatal women to join Songline for free.

 

​Get in touch if you are

  • An organisation, GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker

  • A woman who is pregnant/in the postnatal period and would like to refer yourself for a place on our programme

In July 2019 Holistic Harmonies worked with Clare McCarroll, an older person’s specialist physiotherapist, to run a programme of intergenerational music and movement sessions in a nursing home in Liverpool. The programme engaged residents, alongside local parents and their pre-school children in six free one hour-long sessions incorporating familiar songs and accessible dance movements. The intention of the programme was to bring benefits to the residents who are often isolated, to encourage movement, positive feelings, and to provide an opportunity to allow for social connections to occur between generations.

Since the pandemic has separated families even further, the need for intergenerational interaction is all the more urgent in these times. As the lockdown eases, community organisations, including Holistic Harmonies, are seeking new ways to engage older people in a safe way using a mixture of online and outdoor approaches. There is work to be done to find new approaches to delivery, whilst also rethinking what is possible – we need to build back better.

Our Intergenerational aims and visions for the future:

  • To build relationships with care homes across the Liverpool City Region

  • To develop a sustainable business plan in order to deliver our 6 week Intergenerational Music & Movement Programme as an introduction and continue weekly sessions thereafter, embedding the practise as a consistent event in the community.

  • Working with Social Prescribers and GP's to refer families to connect with our programme in care homes.

  • Build a team of facilitators who all work in a joyful and inclusive way to share music & movement.

 

PARTNER WITH US!

Holistic Harmonies has been awarded a grant by the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver 4 x 6 week Music & Movement Programmes in care homes across Liverpool.

Are you:

- A health professional looking to find creative activities for care homes?

- A care home manager/staff member?

- Someone who would like to connect and interact with their local care home?

- A social prescriber who would like to know more?

We would love to connect with you to discuss how we could partner together

The Travelling Carol Singing Trio

December 2020

Funding success!

Holistic Harmonies deliver Singing Mamas Choir sessions and Songline Health Choirs and in April 2021 received £7000 in grant funding from Cheshire and Merseyside Perinatal Mental Health Services to deliver a combined programme of online and face to face Songline Health Choirs. 

How to get involved 

We will be working across Liverpool and Knowsley Local Authorities with GP’s, Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health Visitors and Children’s Centres to recruit pregnant and postnatal women to join Songline for free.

 

​Get in touch if you are

  • An organisation, GP or Social Prescribing Link Worker

  • A woman who is pregnant/in the postnatal period and would like to refer yourself for a place on our programme

In December 2020, Holistic Harmonies CIC, brought together three Liverpool based musicians to perform on people’s doorsteps during the festive season. The aim was to bring a Musical Mood Boost to people experiencing loneliness and isolation during the turbulent year of 2020.

Having launched a social media campaign on World Mental Health Day in October, we received nominations from loved ones, neighbours and professionals for people who had experienced a particularly challenging year.

We also partnered with community based organisations to reach a wider audience of people experiencing hardship in the community. 

With an ongoing pandemic, and the dawning realisation that lockdown restrictions would still be in place at Christmas; the stark and sad reality that there would be no public carol services, no Christmas concerts, parties or light switch on’s, made us a Holistic Harmonies create an offering for the community.

Community Connections during Covid times

 

The aim for this project was to bring live music to people’s doorsteps at a time when isolation could most painfully be felt. Paying homage to the wassailing traditions of old; Holistic Harmonies created The Travelling Singing Trio; professional artists coming together during exceptional times to promote joy and connection to isolated, vulnerable members of Liverpool’s communities.  Using Christmas as a springboard to bring a unique musical doorstep experience to people who are in challenging circumstances whilst providing employment to artists who would ordinarily be thriving at this time of year. 

Here’s what we achieved

 

  • Visited 29 homes across 19 wards in Liverpool City Region

  • Reached 680 people

  • Employed 5 freelancers over 15 days work

  • Worked with 12 community partners

  • Received £1350 in grant based funding and £1100 in corporate sponsorship

  • Raised £2140 from donations to our Go Fund Me Page

Latest News

We're planning on delivering our Travelling Carol Singing Trio again this Christmas.  It seems evident that the world isn't going to go back to 'normal' any time soon, and so we anticipate still maintaining a level of safety, vigilance, and most of all heartfelt connection for those who still remain isolated during Covid times.

If you're an organisation who would like to receive a performance from us this year, then please do get in touch!