Anglicare Victoria

Anglicare Victoria provides support to 70,000 children, young people and families every year. In 2013, a3 commenced a range of music and movement programs for Anglicare Victoria.

Move, Groove and Grow
‘Move, Groove and Grow’ is a fun and supportive music and movement program for children in Out-of-Home Care. The program aims to assist children to socialise with others who share similar life experiences, encourage them to build trusting relationships through teamwork, mentoring and role modelling. Children are offered opportunities to develop an appreciation of music and discover hidden talents. Additionally, they develop skills to recognise and self-regulate emotions and behaviours.

Recent research into the brain damage, caused by trauma from the abuse and neglect often sustained by children prior to entering Out-of-Home Care, has found that music and movement interventions can assist to heal the damage. This program was inspired by an innovative program implemented in the United Kingdom in 2010 providing music and movement interventions targeted at traumatised children residing in Out-of-Home care. These programs demonstrated significant positive health and wellbeing outcomes for traumatised children, including improved self esteem and self efficacy, higher levels of trust in others, increased academic achievement, improved problem solving skills and increased control over emotional and behaviour regulation.

Sing, Dance, Play
'Sing, Dance, Play' is a music and movement program for children living in community detention. The content assists children to socialise with others who share similar life experiences, encourage them to build trusting relationships through teamwork, mentoring and role modelling.

The program includes a variety of activities designed to improve English language skills and develop confidence in a fun, interactive and dynamic Performing Arts session.

Mums and Bubs Music
This class is delivered as part of Anglicare’s ‘Cradle to Kinder’ Program which offers intensive ante and postnatal support to vulnerable young women during pregnancy and up until their child is four.

Cradle to Kinder aims to link the women with other community services such as maternal and child health. This sustained support aims to improve the all round wellbeing and futures of at risk babies and their parents

The Mums and Bubs music sessions have a special focus on the young mums and their unique needs in connection to, but distinct from, their role as a mother. Improving the participants’ self esteem and confidence through group activities as well as sharing ideas about music, motherhood and more are key focuses of the sessions. The hands-on music component aims to strengthen the connection between mother and baby and provide skills that they can take home and put to use.

Refuge Music Program
This program is aimed at engaging residents at the Kirrang William Enhanced Youth Refuge with music in a variety of ways as well as assisting them to connect and foster friendships with other residents.

Kirrang William is an Emergency Accommodation Program that accommodates 16-22 year old males and females who are currently homeless.

The weekly sessions start with a shared dinner and time for discussion before moving into playing instruments (predominately guitar), creating beats on computer programs and basic DJ skills.