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Today we publish the first in a series of learning insight reports on the Spirit of 2012’s Carers’ Music Fund projects – When we sing it sounds like there are more of us: Findings from the first cohort of the Carer’s Music Fund

In 2019, 81% of carers declared they felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role and felt nearly twice as anxious as the general population. These projects have been engaging female carers across the UK in music activities with the aim of reducing loneliness, improving their mental health and wellbeing, and challenging gendered perceptions of caring.

You can read more about how projects sustained a wellbeing focus through the pandemic in our special focus practice example.

The Centre is leading the Fund’s Learning Partnership, working alongside programme evaluators, Apteligen, the Behavioural Insights team and Carers UK, to ensure that the awarded projects ground their work in the latest research on wellbeing and loneliness.