Mood Music Project with Young Carers
An amazing project in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is coming together, after being awarded funding to research and evaluate new approaches to tackling youth loneliness and isolation.
Over the past 10 months, young carers from across Greater Manchester have come together to meet and talk about their experiences of balancing life and their caring role.
About the project
This project uses music (cutting-edge emotion sensing and digital music tools) as a bridge to connect young carers. Young carers will create novel performance pieces that utilises software that can read facial expressions and interpret their responses with music and sounds. This will enable them to use music to record their emotions and feelings of loneliness over time which will represent a musical journey of their carer experiences and help to create connections with other young carers.
The group have met several times and are pleased to share with you their ultimate playlist. Listen on here on Spotify (direct link)
Who is a young carer?
A young carer can be defined as a child or young person who provides regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or who misuses substances. Young adult carers are defined as young carers transitioning from childhood into adulthood.
Funding has been awarded from the £2m Youth strand of the Building Connections Fund, a partnership between government and the Co-op Foundation.
Want to find out more? Speak to:
Sam Palmer – Head of Carers Services
Reko Smith – Young Carers Project Worker
Dr David Jackson – Research Associate, Narrative and AI, Manchester Metropolitan University