One Voice Choir project, Norfolk: project designs for looked after children and music

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    Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 - 16:02

This visualisation gives an overview of the main elements in the One Voice Choir project in Norfolk with looked after children. Click on the dots for more information.

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This visualisation gives an overview of the main elements in the One Voice Choir project in Norfolk with looked after children. Click on the dots for more information.


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Partners

Partners

Community Music East (www.cme.org.uk)
Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Corporate Parenting Team

Building and developing the One Voice Choir

The choir created an opportunity for children to sing together and work with their key workers, carers, parents and families. The project was found to have a number of positive outcomes including improved relationships both amongst carers and between carers and their young people.

"The main achievements of the choir have I think been twofold - for staff/carers it has been an opportunity to all work together - without hierarchy and boundaries which normally separate us in Corporate Parenting - and to actually take part actively in the philosophy of Corporate Parenting; and for the children and young people - interacting with carers and staff in a 'normal' way, again, without boundaries and power issues which can so often separate our looked after children from social workers, managers etc.

"Many of our looked after children have suffered terrible traumatic experiences, which can leave them with difficulties in concentration, in relaxation and trust. The Choir has offered the opportunity for us - adults and children - to experience these aspects, and so many of us have learned to relax more in each others’ company."
(Corporate Parenting Team)


Feedback from the key worker at the Corporate Parenting Team illustrates this:

"The choir really has been a success in so many ways - not only did we manage to make a performance at the Education Matters conference - which is about raising the achievement of looked after children, but in November we performed at the Celebration of Achievement for looked after children."

Performances

Performances were held at the county’s Education Matters Conference and again at the Celebration of Achievement for Looked After Children.

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