Four young mums in Harrogate have received a unique qualification through Musical Mums, a successful initiative delivered by Harrogate International Festivals.
Now in its 13th year, Musical Mums works with parents under 25 and their children from Harrogate, providing weekly music-making sessions in which young mothers can both bond with their child and meet other parents their age.
The sessions give mothers the opportunity to learn together in a fun environment, gain new skills and confidence and make new friends, as well as focusing on the cognitive, personal and social development of their children.
As part of the activity, which runs 48 weeks of the year, young mothers have the opportunity to undertake Leadership Training, which provides them with the skills and experience to develop and deliver their own early years singing sessions.
Four young mums took part in the training this year and have received an official qualification – Arts Award: Discover – in recognition of their achievements.
Arts Award, administered by Trinity College London, is a range of unique qualifications that supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form.
Project Coordinator Marc Dunleavy from Harrogate International Festivals said: “Many people are already aware of the benefits of music to young children, but through Musical Mums we aim to provide a meaningful experience for young parents too.
“The Leadership Training through Musical Mums has given these mums skills and confidence that can be used not just in leading their own music sessions, but in everyday life. We are immensely proud of their fantastic achievement.”