Renfrewshire Young Carers Asthma/Music Group
A story by No Strings Attached (Scotland)
No Strings Attached (Scotland) has provided young carers in Renfrewshire who have asthma age 9 – 18 to have time out of their caring role and to have fun, meet other carers in a similar situation and learn to play a wind instrument.
What Renfrewshire Young Carers Asthma/Music Group did
We ran a taster session for the young carers where they had the opportunity to meet with both our music teachers who have worked on our previous projects and provide music tuition. The young people had the opportunity to try out instruments at the taster session.
We have since ran weekly music sessions in the evening since January 2014 combining asthma self-management and music education through the performance of wind instruments.
Heeran has enjoyed this group, meeting new friends and all the teachers involved in the project have made her feel welcome and comfortable. It's given her something to have for herself outside of her role within our home. Heeran is looking forward to progressing in this group in the future”.
From evaluation interview H enjoyed coming to the group and says it is the only night in the week she gets time off for herself and really enjoys coming, she says it helps get her through the week and cope with her caring responsibilities.
H gets to meet other young people in a similar situation and she enjoys seeing the nurse and music teachers. H has been able to take her flute to school and plays it every day and is taking part in the Christmas school play. Before coming to the group H did not think that people with asthma could do exercise now H has her asthma under good control and can take part in other activities
She comes in all weather on public transport as she does not like to miss the music group which she says is good fun and she is pleased to take part. H2 is keen to share her musical skills with other young carers with asthma who may benefit from the group and is willing to be trained in peer support.
What No Strings Attached (Scotland) has learnedOne challenge is attendance has not always been brilliant the carers do come but due to their caring roles cannot attend every week. Also, they are unable to inform us in advance if they are unable to come.
We are looking at ways how to best accommodate the young carers if they are unable to come along. The commitment of the adults cared for to the project is huge.