Sing Our Story

Sing Our Story is personalised song writing programme that supports children’s early musical development along with increasing their confidence and emotional wellbeing.

Outcomes include supporting key skills like language development, building teachers knowledge and approach to inclusive music making and creating stronger relationships between schools and parents. The programme is inclusive and benefits all children at early years and primary age. It can offer additional support to looked after or SEN learners or children and families who may be experiencing challenging circumstances. 

Our team of songwriters and music therapists have worked across a number of London boroughs as part of our funded Youth Music programme to compose songs for over 3000 children and families.In 2019 the project was piloted in Galway Ireland.

During the pandemic we developed Sing Our Story online and have remotely delivered the project to over 150 families. This has included a partnership with the national charity Young Lives Vs Cancer that supports children receiving treatment at Great Ormond St Hospital and Haringey Virtual School working with care experienced children. This work has meant that our team of musicians is able to work with children across the country.

From 2023-2026 Sing Our Story has received funding from National Charity Youth Music and will be piloting the project in the North of England, Cornwall and Kent as well as expanding across London boroughs including Enfield, Waltham Forest, Haringey and Brent.

We are also focusing on developing the project in special schools having piloted it with our first secondary aged group in 2023 and starting new work with Haringey’s Portage service working with parents and infants in their homes.

Find out more about how to get involved in Sing Our Story here.

It is possible to commission a song as a special gift for a child – If you would like to discuss how to commission a bespoke song or to gift a song to someone visit our Sing Our Story families page.

Sing Our Story has been delivered across Haringey for the past 12 years and for the last three years in Waltham Forest, Enfield, Brent, Barnet and Galway Ireland. 

Sing Our Story’ supports children, parents and carers, key workers and musicians working together to write a unique lullaby or special song, centered on the child’s likes, dislikes, interests, preoccupations, memories and routines.

The 3-stage process fosters an ethos of co-creation and collaboration with parents and carers and has a proven track record of supporting children’s wellbeing, identity, language, and music development. Building and strengthen bonds with both the families and the settings involved.

79%

of families agree or strongly agree that Sing Our Story has benefits for their children’s speech language and communication

99.3%

of families felt it supported their child’s wellbeing and confidence

90.8%

of families felt the project had improved their relationship with their early years setting or school

2019- 2022 from a sample of 176 families

Read the Research

The project (formerly entitled The Lullaby Project) has also been the subject of two academic studies produced by Dr Jonathan Barnes of Christchurch Canterbury University in 2014 and 2019.  (Links below)

Other Research

In 2022 Groundswell Arts was shortlisted for a Fantastic for Families Award in the Innovation and Impact category; we were honored to have our contribution to family engagement recognised on a National Scale. Read about the awards here

Contact us

Please get in touch to find out more about our products and services or find out how you can get involved.


    Project videos

    Father and Son Co-written song.

    Musician and therapist Oscar Lotis performs a song he made for Tabitha 

    Musicians Phil Hogg and Jess Shaw work at Stamford Hill primary school to share Zara’s song with her mother and Zara.

    A Sing Our Story sharing session at Stonecroft Children’s Centre 2017.

    Testimonials

    Thank you for the training on Monday. There was really positive feedback from staff & it was good in terms of staff wellbeing too.

     The families that participated in the Sing Our Story project said what a privilege it was to be selected to be part of such an amazing project. The experience was very special & the difference that it made to the children, especially as they were not attending nursery during lockdown was magical. One parent commented how their child had become animated & his confidence had really grown as a result of being part of the project. We will treasure his song always.

    Karen Zajdel
    Head of Willow Nursery & Early Help Lead for Under 5’s
    Children & Young People
    Brent Council

    “Music specialists engage well with families and their children, sharing families’ stories through the writing of personal ‘lullabies’. This is furthering children’s strong sense of belonging, celebrating the uniqueness of each child, and contributing to their developing self-confidence and self-awareness. As a result, children are highly successful learners, able to work independently or with others successfully”

     

    OFSTED report for Woodlands Park Nursery 2018

     

    Really lovely! Found it so emotional. As adoptive parents, we can see how this project can aid attachment and give families a voice to express how much we love our children. Unfortunately we have had a family bereavement and Jess’ inclusion of J’s grandfather in his song will serve as a constant reminder of their special relationship

    Carer Tiverton Primary 2022

     

    “Dear Groundswell Arts team,
    On behalf of our family at large, we would like to thank you for the time and expertise you have put into the song. It is nothing short of incredible, beautiful, and steeped in meaning for us.
    With your permission we would love to acknowledge you whenever and wherever G’s song is shared. We wish your team all the best for the joy you have brought to us and countless others.
    Warmest regards”

    Family referred by Young Lives Vs Cancer 2022

    Donate to our work

    A donation to Groundswell Arts supports our programmes in a variety of ways for example;
    • A donation of £20 can fund the cost per child of participation in one of our Story Lab green screen and animation programmes.
    • A donation of £100 can fund a bespoke song for a child as part of our Sing Our Story programme.
    • A donation of £1000 can enable us to offer a series of workshops and training in a school on programmes such as Sing Our Story, Story Lab. Light Box or Forgotten Stories.

    Project Gallery

    Musician meeting family
    Musician sharing draft song with family
    Sing Our Story Sharing Event