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Music drop in

Thanks to John Lyons Charity and Media Trust for this beautiful video that showcases the impact of our music groups run by Julie and Tonique.

Directed by Harry Chapman

Community Families is Creative Futures’ flagship families programme in north Westminster. We reach around 100 families every week through 7 free music-based sessions in Family Centres and community venues across northwest Westminster. Of these:

  • 2 sessions per week are for parents with pre-crawling children

  • 2 sessions are for families referred by the Family Centres (these Nurture Groups provide small-group support as a pathway into the larger sessions)

  • 3 sessions are open to families with children aged 0-4 years

The project grew from a resident-led pilot in 2013, to flourishing weekly sessions attended by hundreds of families every year. Residents remain at the heart of the programme and help us steer the project’s design. Music, creativity and play remain central to the sessions – led by Julie Isaac, our expert early years creative practitioner – enabling children to interact socially, and learn and develop through carefully planned music-based activities.

​Trained volunteer ‘Maternity Champions’ from PDT are often on hand to support parents, make them tea, introduce them to other families, and offer support, signposting and friendship.

“Thank you for all the fun sessions during lockdown. It was a genuine life saver, mental health saver - so many people are benefitting from it. It’s such a valuable and wonderful thing you’re doing.” (Parent)

 

 

If you are expecting a child, or have children aged 0-4 years, and you live in Queen’s Park, Westbourne, Harrow Road or Bayswater wards please check the timetable and come along and join us at a session near you. We look forward to welcoming you.

Current music drop-ins (Term-time sessions)


Please note, the first session back will be on Tuesday 5th September at Bayswater Children’s Centre. Sessions will run as usual on Wednesday 6th and Friday 9th September.

The full schedule will resume from Monday 11th September.

Mondays       10.00-11.30am for pre-crawlers only

                     Queen's Park Children's Centre, 88 Bravington Road, W9 3AL

Tuesdays       10.00am-12.00 for 0 to 4 years

                      Westbourne Park Family Centre, Porchester Rd, W2 5DX

                      (term-time only)

Tuesdays       1pm - 2.30pm for 0 to 5 years

                      Bayswater Children's Centre, Shrewsbury Road, W2 5PR

Wednesdays  10.00-11.30am for 0 to 4 years

                      The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL

Wednesdays  1.00-2.30pm for 0 to 4 years

                      Portman Early Childhood Centre, 12-18 Salisbury Street, NW8 8DE

Fridays           10.00-11.30am for 0 to 4 years

                      The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES

If you would like to find out more and join-in, please email us at hello@creativefuturesuk.com 

with your name, your child’s name and age, and your postcode.

What parents have to say
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“I was made to feel welcome right away. I met other mothers and the maternity champion told me about other services. I got to learn how to relate to my baby, how to talk to her, songs to sing her.” (Parent)

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Being a single parent, I find the sessions brilliant for integrating into the community and to talk to other parents.” (Parent)

“Invaluable means of giving me and baby energy and motivation to get on with the day. These sessions are VITAL to encouraging good mental health as well as physical health condition.” (Parent)

Project Reports

We are pleased to publish our full project reports from our independent evaluators.

 

Read the full reports here: 

Building Strong Community Families FINAL REPORT 2020 - 2021

 

Building Strong Community Families FINAL REPORT 2019 

and an executive summary here.

“This exceptional initiative addresses some of our society’s most fundamental challenges such as social isolation and equity. By consistently widening access to opportunities it has transformed the experience of parenting for hundreds of families improving well-being, helping parents to bond with their child, feel part of a wider community, and be empowered through information and support networks. This work has the power to radically shift life chances of children from vulnerable backgrounds as well as reduce anxiety and social isolation.” (Independent evaluator, 2021)

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What the evaluator has to say
Listen here: 

Listen to our free albums on Soundcloud

These albums include some favourite songs that our families have enjoyed singing with Julie at the drop-ins together with some new songs to discover together at home.

 

Community Families Songbook

Download the PDF Songbook here:

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Over in the meadow

Gather round

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