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Liverpool Philharmonic is helping Wirral families to “Flourish” with music and melodies for mums

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From May, the Flourish Wellbeing Hub has been hosting free musical mum and baby sessions led by musicians from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. These Music Connection sessions are part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Social Prescribing Programme run in partnership with Flourish Wellbeing Hub and Improving Me

The session’s aim is to boost mum and baby wellbeing through music. Music at early ages works wonders for child development. It helps children express themselves and share feelings. At an early age they can bounce, sway and move their bodies in response to the music they hear. They learn to laugh, repeat words and it encourages them to use and memorise words. 

The sessions are provided for mums of babies up to 1 year old and involve singing and signing while the musicians play all manner of instruments to accompany the songs. From the violin to the saxophone, babies get their chance to play with their own toy instruments as well as exploring the real thing from the orchestra. The musicians open the class with a “hello” song and then the sessions have a theme running through the music each week to provide variety. What a great way to bond with your baby, learn and experience something new and meet other people. All great for boosting healthy wellbeing for mums and their babies. 

The Flourish Wellbeing Hub is based in Wing A on the second floor of Victoria Central Hospital in Wallasey, Wirral. It offers many wellbeing advice sessions that can help from anything such as housing and getting back into work to caring for someone with dementia. It offers a drop in service from Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm where you can share your practical or emotional issues and access the support you need all under one roof. The team of organisations that make up Flourish are Age UK Wirral, Change Grow Live, Citizens Advice Wirral, Involve Northwest and Wirral Mind. They work together to provide wrap-around social prescribing services to support people when they may be facing difficult times. 

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music and Health programme uses a person-centred approach to music to benefit wellbeing, build connections and boost confidence. It has been running since 2008 and will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in October 2023. Programme partners include Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Walton Centre and Improving Me. Since the programme began, it has worked with over 17,000 people using music to support wellbeing, mood and build confidence.  The work is delivered by a team of 10 highly experienced musicians, and over 25 visiting musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Matilda Jones, Flourish Wellbeing Hub Facilitator said:  “Music is a personal passion for me, I believe it is the chicken soup for the soul. Having the world renowned Liverpool Philharmonic musicians here at Flourish, delivering this wonderful class for parents and their babies from the local community is wonderful. It is so good for baby development and we are so happy to be a part of that as wellbeing is what we are all about.”

If you’re interested in finding out about more Music Connection sessions then please contact Sophie on (0151) 210 2954 or learning@liverpoolphil.com The sessions are open to women aged 18+ who are pregnant or who have a baby under one year of age. No musical experience is required. Refreshments are provided as part of the sessions. 

Liverpool Philharmonic is helping Wirral families to “Flourish” with music and melodies for mums

From May, the Flourish Wellbeing Hub has been hosting free musical mum and baby sessions led by musicians from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. These Music Connection sessions are part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Social Prescribing Programme run in partnership with Flourish Wellbeing Hub and Improving Me

The session’s aim is to boost mum and baby wellbeing through music. Music at early ages works wonders for child development. It helps children express themselves and share feelings. At an early age they can bounce, sway and move their bodies in response to the music they hear. They learn to laugh, repeat words and it encourages them to use and memorise words. 

The sessions are provided for mums of babies up to 1 year old and involve singing and signing while the musicians play all manner of instruments to accompany the songs. From the violin to the saxophone, babies get their chance to play with their own toy instruments as well as exploring the real thing from the orchestra. The musicians open the class with a “hello” song and then the sessions have a theme running through the music each week to provide variety. What a great way to bond with your baby, learn and experience something new and meet other people. All great for boosting healthy wellbeing for mums and their babies. 

The Flourish Wellbeing Hub is based in Wing A on the second floor of Victoria Central Hospital in Wallasey, Wirral. It offers many wellbeing advice sessions that can help from anything such as housing and getting back into work to caring for someone with dementia. It offers a drop in service from Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm where you can share your practical or emotional issues and access the support you need all under one roof. The team of organisations that make up Flourish are Age UK Wirral, Change Grow Live, Citizens Advice Wirral, Involve Northwest and Wirral Mind. They work together to provide wrap-around social prescribing services to support people when they may be facing difficult times. 

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music and Health programme uses a person-centred approach to music to benefit wellbeing, build connections and boost confidence. It has been running since 2008 and will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in October 2023. Programme partners include Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Walton Centre and Improving Me. Since the programme began, it has worked with over 17,000 people using music to support wellbeing, mood and build confidence.  The work is delivered by a team of 10 highly experienced musicians, and over 25 visiting musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Matilda Jones, Flourish Wellbeing Hub Facilitator said:  “Music is a personal passion for me, I believe it is the chicken soup for the soul. Having the world renowned Liverpool Philharmonic musicians here at Flourish, delivering this wonderful class for parents and their babies from the local community is wonderful. It is so good for baby development and we are so happy to be a part of that as wellbeing is what we are all about.”

If you’re interested in finding out about more Music Connection sessions then please contact Sophie on (0151) 210 2954 or learning@liverpoolphil.com The sessions are open to women aged 18+ who are pregnant or who have a baby under one year of age. No musical experience is required. Refreshments are provided as part of the sessions. 

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