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November 2020

When we sing it sounds like there are more of us: Findings from the first cohort of the Carer’s Music Fund

When we sing it sounds like there are more of us: Findings from the first cohort of the Carer’s Music Fund
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Since September 2019, Spirit of 2012’s Carers’ Music Fund projects have been engaging female carers across the UK in music activities with the aim of reducing loneliness, improving their mental health and
wellbeing, and challenging gendered perceptions of caring.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is leading the Fund’s Learning partnership, working alongside programme evaluators, Apteligen, the Behavioural Insights Team and Carers UK, to ensure that the awarded projects ground their work in the latest research on wellbeing and loneliness.

This briefing is the first in a series of insight reports and podcasts that explore the wellbeing benefits of participatory music-making activities. It’s based on data collected between October 2019 and March 2020, prior to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thinking ahead, the Fund’s evaluation activities will help inform an increasingly complex post-COVID landscape which poses new challenges for the delivery and evaluation of wellbeing interventions.

The Carers’ Music Fund has been made possible by funding Spirit of 2012 received from the Tampon Tax Fund, awarded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Tampon Tax Fund was set up to allocate the money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Spirit was awarded £1.5 million from the fund in March 2019.

Close Introduction

About the women who took part

Key findings

What the evidence says

The test-and-learn approach

How wellbeing improves: the Carers’ Music Fund Theory of Change

Capturing insights through the learning loop

The Carers’ Music Fund: more about the grant portfolio


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